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Country Hip Hop Rap EDM Indie Pop Jazz Classic Rock Punk Rock Heavy Metal How

do stereotypes affect perceptions of fans of different music genres?

In the article, Shobe and Danis look for a different way to teach cultural geography in the United States. Music has grown to have a heavy influence on these cultural geographies, and naturally, the two authors use music as a method to show these different culture regions. As emphasized by the authors, One reason for the increased attention to music relates to its important everyday role in the social construction of places and identities. (87) When considering this, one must think of what defines an individuals everyday role. It has become evident that the idea of a generalized individuals everyday life is heavily centered in the pop culture of the region, as opposed to the academic setting found there. Musically speaking, it has a very strong role in the way people tend to form their own images and mental maps of different regions where a type of music is most prevalent. Shobe and Danis go on to present an example of an experiment they ran with a class they had one semester. Blank maps were distributed to the class and the students were asked to show where they believed each genre was mainly concentrated. The results from the experiment coincide with the general geographical stereotypes that Americans carry in their minds. The composite results showed the students believed the hip hop scene was in California and New York, Where the indie rock scene was concentrated in Seattle. Country was shown to cover the whole Midwest area, as expected. This article helps show the geographical areas of the country that have the highest concentrated amounts of fans of music genres. It helps to map out the different cultural sections of the country and show where certain types of dedicated fans for various genres reside. (More explanation of why this is useful for your paper specifically, I guess?)

Commented [Ma1]: Is this what they are saying or what you are saying?

Are Rap and Heavy Metal Fans a Danger to Themselves or Others? The studys main focus was centered on heavy rock music and rap. Ideally, Dr. Fried wanted to see the correlation between the behavior of the fans of both industries and the stereotypes of those same fans. How accurate are the mental ideas people form about the typical heavy metal or rap fan? They look to show how the effect on music on fans, and the effect the fans have on society in return. Fried mentions that fans are more likely to adopt self-destructive habits such as heavy drinking and drug abuse. She then states that concerns over rap fans shift more towards society. It is believed that rap can cause fans to become a danger to society. The study actually dives more into the validity of some preconceived notions of the effects of music on its listeners. The problem with the stereotype on rap causing listeners to become dangerous is that it can be considered reasonable. Many rap songs do contain lyrics referring to gang violence,

drug use, and other harmful habits. It is in these lyrics we can see how these stereotypes are born. It is fathomable that kids and young adults who idolize these rappers that spit lyrics centered on violent tendencies would be more prone to try and emulate their heroes. That is not to say that this how it is for all rap and all rap fans, but if that was the case, then this wouldnt be a stereotype. (Again, more discussion of relevance seems worthwhile here) .

Commented [Ma2]: Everything after your main point will be a really good way to show how the author develops his point. Just make sure it doesnt sound like your own opinion.

Five Music Fan Stereotypes

This source is simply a chart of five different types of music genres. The chart satires the common behaviors that a typical fan of these genres exhibits. It shows Electronic Dance Music, Hiphop, Techno, Indie Rock, and Good ol American Rock. The stereotypes discussed are: favorite album, cant live without his/her, At a party youll hear him/her say, childhood idol, Spends most of his/her time at., drug of choice, most likely wears.Now obviously all these answers arent completely accurate, but they do provide a good insight to how the country views these fans. For example, the typical EDM fan cant live without his or her glow sticks and has to pop molly at a n EDM festival. Is this completely true? No, but it is not completely inaccurate. Unfortunately if I was to tell someone that I had just met that I loved EDM their first impression would probably be that I have to go to these festivals on an ecstasy fueled high, because its a common held idea that taking molly comes with the genre. Indie rock fans have it rough, for in the fact that you listen to nonmainstream music you get branded as a hipster. Hipsters are the butt of many jokes of today. They are all viewed as scarf and flannel wearing individuals with the men sporting the beard of a lumberjack. Unfortunately hipsters are thought of as individuals who think theyre more enlightened and arrogant than non-hipsters. If I was to say I listened to indie, the person listening might subconsciously label me as arrogant. (same as before)

You Are What You Listen To: Young Peoples Stereotypes about Music Fans.

Commented [Ma3]: I think one of your sentences was misplaced? And at the beginning take a sentence to explain what the chart is trying to show. It will make your main point easier to get.

The article talks about how we use music to communicate to which social groups we belong to. As Rentfrow and McDonald explain, "sharing information on ones music preferences effectively sends a message to others that the person possesses attitudes, values and beliefs that are in line with those of the members that are in that social group (pg 3) By wearing a bands t-shirt, for example, you are broadcasting to those around you that you are identifying with the behaviors and social stigmas associated with the band. You may just like their music but not the lifestyle, but this is where the stereotype plays into the problem. Youre automatically grouped subconsciously by others. It can also give hints about your psychological characteristics. Often, ones social class is often connected to music preference. All these things can be broadcasted simply from what music you prefer to listen to. I can use this source to talk about how easy it is for a fan of a music to be quickly grouped into a musical stereotype that that individual may not necessarily follow. Regardless, that person is now linked to a style with a genre of music than can either positively or negatively affect them. That person may now smoothly fit in with individuals that share the same enthusiasm for that certain band, but if the individual

Commented [Ma4]: I actually really like this source just expand upon how this is useful to you.

presents him or herself to a group that heavily dislikes the music represented by the individual, the group will, more often than not, develop subconscious negative feelings for the individual. (maybe a bit of clarification, but this works)

Problem music or problem stereotypes? The dynamics of stereotype activation in rock and hip-hop music Alexandra Negut and Paul Srbescu September 2013 Musicae Scientiae 2014 18: 3 originally published online 4

Negut and Sarbescu start off their article by giving a definition of what stereotyping is, as to clear up the difference between stereotyping and just over-generalizing. They mention that stereotypes are, categories that people use to organize their social world. . Stereotypes are considered cognitive structures which contain knowledge, beliefs and expectations about a human group. Stereotypes can activate with great ease in an individual. This activation is automatic and subconscious. Often, people use stereotypes when the individual making the stereotype lacks knowledge in the subject theyre creating the stereotype on. If I was to say I was from Mexico, someone who has little knowledge of Mexican culture would fill in the gaps of knowledge with stereotyped beliefs such as I eat burritos and wear a poncho every day. The Media has strong role in the causation of stereotypes. When the media focuses on the negative aspects of music, it results in the formation of negative stereotypes. For example, rock and hip hop are associated with behaviors such as violence, anti-social behavior, drug and alcohol consumption, and sexual promiscuity. (? Cant find main point)

Field Work Study Questions What is your opinion on hip hop music? Do you feel that Hip hop has negative effects on individuals? What is a typical hip hop fan to you? What is your opinion on heavy metal music? Do you feel that heavy metal has negative effects on individuals? What is a typical heavy metal fan to you? Overall its really good! I think once you have an intro it will be clearer to understand the purpose of each article.