[Marxism] When Facebook Isn't Fun, or...

John johnedmundson at paradise.net.nz
Sat Mar 7 00:04:18 MST 2009

On Fri, 2009-03-06 at 20:34 -0800, rohanger at yahoo.com.au wrote:

> **Karoke is a highly interesting music culture penomenom.  The
>   transition over time has been:
> 1 pre-feudal: Get together with fellow community members to produce music.
> 2 capitalist: Pay capitalists for the opportunity to hear the specialist musician
>  "labourers".
> 3 capitalist: Pay capitalists for the opportunity to perform along with
>  prefabricated music that has been produced by specialist musician
>  "labourers".

Actually there are 2 parts to 2 above; paying to attend a performance
and later, paying to buy a recording.

But I agree that karaoke is a really interesting development. I've
always been a non-singer, the exception being that since my daughter
discovered the Pogues at about age 12, raucous singalongs to the car
stereo have been obligatory every time we go anywhere! Still I would
never have dreamed of singing in front of anyone else. But a couple of
(Asian) friends have managed to convince me to have a go at karaoke and
I have to admit I've had a great time. New Zealand is a country where
the white population at least - me included - don't have a culture of
performing music at social gatherings. Music is totally commodified. So
I wonder whether karaoke, where the atmosphere is much more about
participation and enjoyment than judgement will see a shift in the
musical culture. And of course there are free downloadable versions of
karaoke available on the net now, and these support the addition of new
song files too, so maybe it's another case of information wanting to be

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