Music and Its Influence on the Caribbean

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According to the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology, “Socialization” is the process by which we learn to become members of society, both by internalizing the Norms and values of society, and also by learning how to perform our social roles as workers, friends, citizens, and so forth. This process of human development is said to be based on the concept of “Nature vs. Nurture”, that is the comparative importance of heredity (nature) and the environment (nurture) in the causation of human behavior. The mass media, which refers collectively to all media technologies such as the radio, internet, television, film and smart phones, has the ability to constantly communicate messages to extremely large audiences across the globe and therefore is a major influence on the way the environment affects our socialization process. Mass media is a significant force in modern culture; sociologists refer to this as mediated culture, were the media reflects and creates culture. Although family is suppose to be the most important agent of socialization the development of new technologies has bridged an increasing gap between the older and younger generations. Newer generations are drawn into the entertaining and appealing world of technology and are being constantly bombarded with messages from a multitude of media sources, these messages not only promote products, but moods, attitudes, and a sense of what is and is not important. With lesser and lesser interaction between the older and younger generations cultural traditions, values, morals and attitudes of institutions and families are being disintegrated and replaced by the mass Medias ideas and perceptions. This social conditioning is spread mainly through Music, television, the internet and print media. Music exerts significant influences on its listeners as it can express, convey and illicit powerful emotions that its listeners find relatable. Music has a major positive and negative influence on the way individuals dress...
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