Cause and Effect: Music and Media

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Music & Our Culture
Have you ever had such a terrible day you just want to completely forget it happened? You want to unwind by taking a late night cruise in your car and jam out to your favorite CD, or sitting on your couch watching music videos. I am a strong believer in the power of good music. The right song can set any desired mood and cause your thoughts to melt away. Music causes people to sit down and study, get up and dance, and it might even make them angry or sad. It has such a bearing on our lives and affects our moods and actions more than we think. Music is much more than just songs on the radio; it has a way of controlling what people do, how they dress, how they act, how they feel, and what they say.

It is weird to think that music might even affect the way society dresses. There are many examples in our society of music affecting attire and image. You can almost go as far as to tell what type of music a person listens to just by looking at what they are wearing. When looking at a person wearing black pants, black shirt, and has long frizzy hair it is almost guaranteed that person listens to heavy metal or old rock music. People dress to match the lifestyles of the people they look up to and in many cases those people are musicians of some form. Rap artists dress a certain way and live lifestyles that their listeners look up to. Hip-hop is a stereotypical way to sum up the African American culture, but it in many ways demonstrates many aspects of the culture. A majority of the black population dress to look like their favorite rapper, or artist. I believe that hip-hop has made such an impact on the African American culture to even change the way we as Caucasian Americans view that particular culture. The view of African American culture has been changed by the music it created. Music has definitely impacted the dress of Americans. The African American culture is not the only culture affected by the music and media industry. The new punk rock...
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