And television provides the image that everyone

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can be what ever they want... and television provides the image that everyone should be rich and famous.. so they’re like ‘Well, I want to be rich and famous or atleast to be ‘seen.’” The equation is simple, and everywhere we look narcissism is the lesson being taught. So this brings me to some questions, has our society truly become narcissistic? To what extent are Chaudhry’s findings been accurate? We certainly have many qualities that classify us as narcissistic. According to statistics in 2006 an average college student scored higher then 65% of the students in 1987 on the standard Narcissism Personality Inventory test. Chaudhry blames the edu- cational system as well as what children watch on TV as the source of the outbreak in narcissism, however I believe I have found a new source: music. Just about everyone listens to it on a daily basis whether it be at home, on the radio during a long drive
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home, or on your iPod. Technology has helped amplify the music scene and its hidden messages along with it. Lupe Fiasco and his song Super Star contain lyrics say “If you are what you say you are, a superstar, then have no fear the cameras here, and the mi- crophones and they wanna know...” Providing listeners the image that if they are super- stars they will achieve that desire to be famous, and everyone will want to know them. Lupe Fiasco is a little less main stream then most artists but artists like Lil Wayne and Drake possibly provide the most influential lyrics in the music industry. Both artists have songs such as “I want this forever” and “We made it” in which they brag and boast on the positive side of fame. Material items are their main focus similar to this lyric, ”Rid- ing with the Phantom roof gone... man my rims are too grown that means they 24” boy what are you on? I’m richer then a b****..” In these lines he expresses the many ways his expensive items, such as his convertible sports car that values in the hundreds of thousand dollars, are more valuable then anything a regular person may own. This provides a mental image of fame providing a pedestal in which the famous person stands upon and looks down on others. Teens and children listen to this and have no option but to desire his same lifestyle. They have the message of ‘I can be whatever I want’ so the fame comes to mind, and with fame comes the ability of owning what ever you could possibly ever dream. Imagine owning the vehicle of your dreams and more simply by making very creative and appealing lyrics. This almost seems like a no brainer for most. The combination of the movement involving self-focus, and technology has certainly gotten many of us into a narcissistic state of mind.
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