How the iPod could destroy the creativity of a generation

1 Sep

Since the very first time a homo-sapien rhythmically beat on a log, we as a species have been awed and inspired by music. Fast forward thousands of years and the ubiquitous ear buds can be found jammed into the aural openings of the majority of today’s youth giving them instantaneously access to rhythmic sounds of all kinds. Because they cannot be left to their own thoughts with the constant drone of the art of others playing into their head, this cannot be a good thing for their own artistic development. Furthermore, the music itself cannot have the same impact on the mind of the listener.

Imagine just a few centuries ago. To hear music, it had to played live and right in front of you. This is hard for us to wrap our heads around but not so long ago, there wasn´t even amplification of sound. You could not be more than a few dozen of meters away from the artist to hear them make music. This diminished the chances to hear music. In this way, the music could be planted in the mind like a seed to be left to germinate in the mind of the listener. Today with the constant onslaught of art being injected, it no longer has this time to sprout roots in the mind. Music is no longer reflected upon but consumed ravenously and sometimes not even deliberately.

Even as little as a few decades ago, hearing a great song was a beautiful thing of chance as you had to wait for it to come on the radio, be in a household with an archaic record player or be fortunate enough to be in the presence of live music being played. Now, we have the access to any song at any time right on our communication devices. This will decrease the creativity of the next generation as the constant feeding of art directly into their head will retard the creating of art. The mind, much like the testicles of a steroid abuser that stop producing testosterone when artificial test is introduced, will atrophy and stop producing its own unique art.

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3 Responses to “How the iPod could destroy the creativity of a generation”

  1. feedondemons November 24, 2013 at 6:30 am #

    I never thought about this before, but reading this it suddenly seems so obvious and true. Great points. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • Ryan November 24, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

      Thanks for the nice words. It was an idea that just popped into my head while jogging without the iPod one day. I had so many ideas coursing through my head and that usually does not happen if I am listening to music or a podcast.

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