I am teaching my soc of pop music course this summer online. I want to
dedicate a forum discussion to the following question: From what sources
do young people learn about new music? Back in the early days of rock ‘n’
roll, it seems new music was pretty mush presented to young people via
limited sources such as Top 40 radio. We generally chose our favorite
from a limited pool of songs. We seemed to be much more of a passive
audience than music listeners today. The advent of MTV ironically seemed
to provide an even more limited playlist to choose from–or absorb.
Nowadays, kids are expected to assemble their tastes in music at an early
age, in a much more complex way. Anyone’s thoughts on this?