My birthday in sixth grade was coming home to a room full of presents, balloons, but I cared only for my precious CDs. Even then the media was controlling me in more ways than I realized. Weeks and months of listening to 98 Degrees and Mandy Moore as well as countless others show how powerful the music industry can be from selling products down to warping the way you live. Merchandise is pouring in every second, and even at the beauty store I work at (not as my permanent profession I assure you) people are sucked in as if a vortex or perhaps a magnetic force draws them towards makeup facial, skin care, and everything imaginable. I stand behind the counter waiting for heads to spin and hell to freeze over. Similarly to cosmetics, the media through stereotypes and realities in the music scene turn people in zombies: brainwashing them and stealing their identity.
People are left to idolize the lifestyle and are drawn to watch their music idol grow just to listen to songs that demean women, promote violence, and encourage/inspire reckless behavior, and sex. People are even labeled by the type of music they prefer, creating music cliques. It’s a stereotype that specific kinds of people listen to specific kind of music.( For example rebels to rock and roll) Given the singers of today who worship the rich lifestyle in additional to offensive lyrics have ended up in jail, rehab, or have been on the news for some kind of debauchery. Furthermore, celebrities have made the news no longer actual news. Instead the line is crossed between news and the celebrity world. It’s exhausting to watch the media do this for two reasons. They forget there is an individual behind that photographs they take and most importantly we should not care about what J-Lo’s twins will be named. Some things about the music industry can suck me in and it takes self reflection to sort of who I am really, and my “musical” identity.
The warped ideas of beauty and happiness are something that bothers me to tears. People especially young people are taught through the magic of song that all men are cheaters and liars and thus try to justify their own reckless behavior. Countless hit songs include fathers that weren’t there or boyfriends who don’t care. Also, women are given mixed messages about every thing from what they wear to what they put in their mouth. A vicious cycle of paper thin, beautiful singers emerges, behaving “promiscuous” as well as destroying the English language with words and images that are bogus. People’s diction is suddenly changed by the stereotypical gangster rapper who is now idolized over real heroes such as doctors and teachers. They use words and phrases just to sound cool but not to make any sense. They market not only a song but want everyone to listen to download and even have perfumes, clothing lines, and make up lines so we can look, smell, and dress like our favorite star. They are false idols and a clique of bands that all sound the same that take away the most important thing – who you are. Why idolize the gangster who will die young over the teacher or any other career? If you can listen to the music and watch the news but keep a level head that is one thing. However, the images that are cast by these individuals are not flattering. So why do we watch? Do we watch because we enjoy it? Or is their a point where your clothes and your actions resemble something you saw in a music video? When does who we are start to loose meaning and blends with our life into one?
Truly, much of today’s popular singers and bands promote sex appeal and do not motivate people in the slightest. There is even a song about everyone just wanting to be rock stars. The saddest part is so many would. How many then would succumb to drugs or the spoiled life? Would you? Now, I would like the reader to understand that I love music as if it were a tangible part of me. I play an instrument and listen to all types of band and genres all day and night. It’s not about what you listen to. It’s about who you are at the end of the day and what you do with it afterwards. It is a question of values and willpower- quite a dilemma. I guess at the end of the day are you taking off the eyeliner that went with your outfit or the eyeliner that you saw Rihanna wear in her latest video? It seems like the same eyeliner to you, but through motive we know it isn’t. How much longer and stronger will we allow this grip of the media and the music industry shapes us? Probably forever! Hopefully, since this is just not going away any time soon we evolve as humans and realize there are things to do. Falsifying your life, believing stereotypes, changing your life, and speaking words that are not HUMAN is a sick form of identity theft. Just be yourself and you‘ll be safe!