The changing landscape of pop music journalism: is it all over now?

Miller, Paul (2012) The changing landscape of pop music journalism: is it all over now? BA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Amidst much criticism of the current state of music journalism, this dissertation provides a critical history of the last forty years of the field, up until the present day. As such, it surveys a representative body of writing to consider whether the craft of music writing still holds the same critical, cultural influence that it may have possessed during its celebrated zenith of the 1970s. For coherence, the study considers two over-arching critical concepts that will shape the way in which the music writing of each period is observed. The first is neo-Gramscian hegemony theory; the belief that popular culture can be divided and defined by incorporation and resistance. The second is the Circuit of Culture model, which will help form a view of how popular culture is produced and consumed. This study focuses on three key phases that have occurred in the last forty years of music writing. It begins with Punk, progresses through Acid House and Britpop and culminates with the new Internet-led music journalism of the present day. It will conclude by considering the nostalgic, at times conservative, views of Andrew Keen and Tony Parsons and thus deduce whether or not the journalism of the past, that these critics long for, was really any more important or influential than the music writing of the present day. This results in the belief that we now inhabit a more progressive era of music journalism, in which the consumer has greater control of the culture it consumes and where old hierarchies of music writing become irrelevant.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Media and Performing Arts
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2014 15:18
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:32

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