[Marxism] When Facebook Isn't Fun, or...
David Picón Álvarez
david at miradoiro.com
Sat Mar 7 04:21:36 MST 2009
From: <sabocat59 at mac.com>
[Snipped some text with which I mostly agree.]
> Karaoke is really just an american idol fantasy. The person singing
> doesn't play any instruments or write any lyrics. Its not a very authentic
> form of self expression.
I think you're reading this wrong, or, at least, where I live karaoke has a
different character. Karaoke is basically a modernization of what people
used to do in gatherings: after having a meal and drinking, people would
start singing. Most people wouldn't know how to play instruments or make up
lyrics of their own (although some of our folk songs have forms that help in
that regard, making it easy to add verses). But nonetheless I wouldn't say
such singing would be an unauthentic form of self expression, it's just the
expression of a collective cultural corpus instead of the corpus coming out
of a single creative individual or a small group of them. Songs would get
altered, verses added, modified or removed, according to popular taste, and
so on. This is where karaoke loses something of that, because the music and
lyrics are always the same, but on the other hand it helps people sing along
to a melody, and it makes for a more complete experience of the music.
People singing along after gatherings was not enough when people could
instead turn on a stereo and listen to music. So I think karaoke is more
ambiguous than how you portray it.
BTW, there's something incredibly funny about hearing a whole room of
20-something-year-olds (me included) singing along to a folk song that was
old in the 50s. Somehow songs that before karaoke young people would refuse
as "old-fashioned" or "music for old people" are coming back into their own.
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