Thursday, March 22, 2012

Challenge questions

According to Theodor Adorno's analysis, the expansive public media industry at his time, including television, film and radio, is devoted to spoon feed people what is simple to produce, rather than what is actually good for people. There are also opposing opinions raised that it does not matter what is produced but how people use them.

However, it seems that people tend to focus a lot on the obvious which is the content, to provide us valuable information, but in the process, we largely miss the how the medium changes our life structurally.

For example, the message of a newscast about a heinous crime may be less about the individual news story itself — the content — and more about the change in public attitude towards crime that the newscast engenders by the fact that such crimes are in effect being brought into the home to watch over dinner.

Can we think of the music as a medium? if we can, despite its content , what kind of message does music send as a medium? if we can't, why?

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  1. Hi Ling, sorry about such a late response! Please find my response here: