Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Letters to the Editor

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Letters to the Editor

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Hello Dick,

I JUST RECEIVED MY JAN/FEB ISSUE in the mail today, and I must applaud your sentiments about fragmented attention spans and the influence of TV and the Net. Those of us old enough to have experienced something quite different appreciate this. The medium is indeed the message. How can anyone under the age of thirty possibly have our frame of reference in this regard? Their synapses were wired together by a different culture. This is the insidious part. "Intelligence"-whatever that means-has little to do with it. Appreciation of all those things you mention as important to understanding vocal texts involves much more than just reading them over and finding out a few background facts. One needs to train the brain to work differently-if that is even possible.

The reverse is also true. My brain cannot function the way my thirteen year old son's does. He can accomplish things that I cannot, I'm discovering already. I guess we must also grant that this new cyberspaced-out human brain is a two-edged sword (how's that for a mixed metaphor?-not that a younger generation would notice . . .). From that generation's point of view, we are the fogies. I believe there is a strong correlation between their knowledge that we didn't have all the gadgets at our fingertips when we were teenagers, and the collective dismissal of older generations by the young that is rampant in our society. …

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