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Unformatted text preview: English 1105 11 October 2005 Rock music’s impact on American culture As stated by Allan Bloom in ”Music”, from The Closing of the American Mind, rock music is a socially-culturally destructive force that is also an infantile art form. Bloom defines rock music as a form of 20 th century Romanticism that affects American youth to rebel against the society and affects their education and imagination preventing them from having a successful future. He also explains how rock music is an infantile art form for many reasons: it lacks sense; it has a vulgar meaning; and it always argues about the same themes – mainly boy-girl sex. Bloom is totally correct because rock music encourages an idea of life that is far from that shared by the vast majority of young people and it affects the education of the youth because it supports rebellion against the authority. Moreover, Bloom is correct when he says that rock music is an infantile art form because it is very poor in meaning and structure and because it replaces human conversations due to the loudness of the songs. Bloom says that rock music is an infantile form for its simplicity, and its tendency to talk about the same contents every time, as boys-girls sex. For instance, you can see this sexual content reflected in one 50 cent song, “Candy shop” from The Massacre : “If you be a nympho, I’ll be a nympho/In the hotel or in the back of the rental/On the beach or in the park/It’s whatever you into/Got the magic stick, I’m the love doctor.” All the content of this song is about having sex; it does not make any sense and it is not a good influence for the young. The song continues with a very vulgar language and a pornographic content: “Get on the top then get to bouncing round like a low rider/I’m a seasoned vet when it come to this shit/After you work up a sweat you can play with the stick.” In a Offspring song, “Hit that” from Splinter you can see why Bloom says that rock music is simple, unsophisticated, barbaric and uses repetition of words or phrases with no sense: “She’s saying/I’m on the run/I’m chasing guys for fun/Her baby daddy/It ain’t his only one/she’s saying/I’m on the run/I’m chasing you guys for fun.” In this his only one/she’s saying/I’m on the run/I’m chasing you guys for fun....
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