As discussed in the lecture, musicians and other artists have often engaged in social commentary in their music and respective art forms. Can music with a socially conscious message have a positive effect or a negative effect? Why? Give an example of a song that has addressed a social issue. How was it received? What role does the performer of the song play in the reception of the songâ€™s message? Do the commercial aspects of the music business affect the role of the artist in terms of social commentary? Why or why not? Does art have the power to change minds?
**Your discussion post must be your original thoughts. If you want to include material from outside sources, please do so sparingly and with citation.**
As you have experienced through the lecture and video materials for this week and last week, technology and the manipulation of the technology (the use of the turntable used as a compositional tool, as an example) have been used in creating new sounds. What are some other ways technology is, or has been, used and/or manipulated to create new art forms? Feel free to discuss other musical genres, but you donâ€™t have to limit yourself to music: think about other arts as well.