Does Loud Music Have Anything to Do with Your Intelligence?

Topics: Social class, Working class, Essay Pages: 2 (540 words) Published: October 8, 1999
Blasting out Music to Drown Out Reality
The essay I read suggested that people of low intelligence/class (i.e. teenagers) use "junk" music to try and drown out their supposedly harsh reality. The author also suggests that the more intelligent people in the world do not listen to loud music because the decibel level at which you listen to music somehow indicates your intelligence. I cannot agree with that statement because I have talked to my friends and aquaintences and they told me that music helps to lift their spirits and some even said that music helps them to cope with their reality. In addition, studies have shown that some people who listen to music while they study actually do better on the test the next day, because the music relaxes them. In the aforementioned essay, the author also mentions the "two slack-jawed young assistants." This was quite obviously stating that the repairmen were of lower social standing, and that the "junk" music they were "blasting" was emphasizing their low class. The author continues on to mention "elevator music" and how it is alright to play it in factories and restaurants so that the personnel do not fall asleep or "brood on the essential monotony of their jobs." I thought that the whole point of the essay was to complain about low class people trying to escape reality through music, and then he contradicts himself. He also said (essentially) that the young workers had no interest in the serene setting in which they were working, and the same goes for all low-class people. I find that laughable, as some of the greatest painters and artists, poets and writers were lower class citizens in their time. He states his opinion that people play such "junk" music not to bring something in, but to shut things out. Supposedly, people do not want to hear the music for sheer enjoyment, but rather we use it as a narcotic of sorts, blocking out reality and dispelling the thought-provoking silence that...
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