How Rich, White People Ruined Music for the Rest of Us.

In her book How Fantasy Becomes Reality, Dr. Karen Dill-Shackleford brings up an interesting point about how the lyrical content of rap music shifted in the late 1980s. She implies that it was only when corporate major label executives got involved in the rap music scene that the lyrical content changed to resemble the violent …

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The Importance of Media Literacy in Our World of Information

Dr. Karen Dill-Shackleford's How Fantasy Becomes Reality says many important things about the power of mass media and how it affects us. Her primary message is that mass media is powerful, persuasive, and influential (Dill, 2009, pg 226). This is a message that I largely agree with, even if I disagree with some of the …

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Violence in Media vs. Violence in The Real

American mainstream news media is well-known for sensationalizing violence. This seems all too often to result in public panics, scrambling politicians, and intense regulation. Every decade or so sees the reemergence of several controversial public conversations like the gun-control dispute, drug enforcement debate, and possibly the most frequently seen, the media violence controversy. The White …

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Do You Enjoy The Music Playing At Work? Science Says: Probably Not!

Music has existed for nearly as long as humanity itself has existed. It has evolved from the tribal drums of war and celebration into the immense pool of humanity's collective emotions and stories that we have today. It is widely accepted that listening to music can have a wide range of emotional, psychological, and physiological effects …

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