It's a fact: in this day and age there are all types of music genres, and each one comes with its own label/stereotype. Go onto any music forum, and it's guaranteed that you will see at least one post bashing people for not having a widespread appreciation for every style of music; But is this really what's happening? From the atypical viewpoint of a female high school student with a preference for Rock.
Every day, I go to school and am surrounded by the sounds of Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran, and Lil Wayne; I will admit, I have had my fair share of things to say about it - in particular about what society has come to. But when we say things like that, what are we really upset about: the fact that (some) people have talents and chose to make a job out of them, which is great; or the things that come with people listening to the music? When a guy comes up to you and says, "Hey, man. Why you bashing on [insert genre]? Have an appreciation for all music," they are referring to not appreciating the fact that the artist(s) put themselves out there and made music, which can be a hard thing to be successful at, and that they should be recognized for their accomplishment, regardless of what that is. But when I say something derogatory about Rap (YES, I WILL ADMIT IT), I'm not thinking that former thought - I recognize that it took some hard work along the way. I'm thinking of the messages and stereotypes that the genres as separate wholes convey. I might even feel the urge to snap along to the beat, because it sounds cool - but that doesn't mean I'm truly a fan of that genre.
When I hear my younger sister listening to the local Rap station, and all I hear is lyrics about 'gettin' money, chicks, and drugs', I become automatically angry that these influences are being so easily demonstrated for her, and I fight to change the channel to some Red Hot Chili Peppers or maybe Soundgarden. But I will put it out there that I do recognize that similar influences come from Rock: the drugs, booze, and maybe a girl or two; so I'm not looking through a one-way tunnel here.
Take Pop, and you think of generally upbeat music with a large group of fans that CAN (emphasis on can) be a little on the obsessed side. Justin Bieber definitely has an ever-growing fan base equipped with girls fainting for something (in this case: someone) they can't have. Trust me, I know what I'm talking about - a few trips to my sister's closet, and your life time dose of JB will taken care of.
There is much discussion of what the future adult generation of the world will come to - funny pictures depicting bedridden old ladies with their gold teeth and chains accompanied by husbands with their pants sagging low; to an uncommunicative cyber space that we call Earth. This is what music has an influence over. I truthfully don't give a cat's hat about what sounds make your ears happy; I care about whether or not it's influencing the way you act. Back in the 'Big Hair 80's', music clearly had an influence on the generation - just look at your mom's high school pictures (Or maybe your own if that applies). Another thing to take into consideration, though, is the fact that people don't generally walk around downtown anymore with hair chock-full of a whole can of hairspray and leg warmers to match. It was a fad then, but not now, even of the people from that era. Fifty years from now, I'll probably be wearing my metallic foil space suit, looking back at some old photos and think, "Thank heavens I didn't go along with the fads back then! Didn't we look so ridiculous?!" Those things will probably wear off, but underage drinking, drugs, and objectification of women could likely be the new norm.
As humans, we have the unconscious nature to be hypocritical. We tell a child not to do something but then go do it ourselves. We can tell ourselves we won't get swept up in the craze of the day, but slowly and gradually, the music of today will at least have some of an influence, good or bad, in the future. What if we never had Motley, G N' R, and others? I can only imagine what we would be doing now. Let us be philosophical and take a quote from "Great Expectations": "Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day."
You can have whatever preference of music you like, I, frankly, don't care; but like it or not, music of the current generation will positively and/or negatively affect the society of the future. You can interpret that any way you want, but I'm just a high school student with some extra time on her hands, so what do I know?
But I couldn't resist - while you're here (I'm optimistically assuming that at least one person is even reading this article), check out this video, and then try to tell me that he isn't the best thing roaming the earth right now :)