Academic journal article American Academic & Scholarly Research Journal

Music and New Technologies as Specific Language of Teenagers

Academic journal article American Academic & Scholarly Research Journal

Music and New Technologies as Specific Language of Teenagers

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Abstract. The formation of attitude on music of teenagers, differences and similarities of music, fine arts and media arts, influence of written text and new computer technologies on our visual thinking are analyzing in this article. There are analyzing music as a part of general culture, the importance of new technologies of music creation and retransmission towards a positive attitude to music of teenagers in this article. Music as a part of our social environment experienced a long and complicated way of development. Born as a system functioning on emotional basis and supplementing speech, it increasingly establishes itself on the list of bought/sold goods. Exceptionally intelligent approach to music and emergence of new technologies in the 20th century led to the formation of popular music genre and its wide spreading in the adolescent's list of values. For purpose to analyze influence of such situation on preferences of teenagers there is analyzing results of empirical research where participated 360 students of comprehensive schools of Lithuania. There is analyzing possibility of formation of specific music language.

Keywords: Music, New technology, Language.

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Teenage conception has always been controversial, and caused a lot of discussions. Even the psychological conceptions disagree on the beginning and the end of the period known as "adolescence,". Here S.Freud 's consider its beginning in the eleventh year of life, and E.Erikson's (Erikson, 2004) stage of adolescence includes 13-19 years. Anyway, this is the period causing the most difficulties for teachers and greatest internal and external conflicts for pupils themselves.

Adolescence, youth, and teenager are cultural constructions, or socially constructed categories, that have evolved in meaning and common usage in the last century. Only in the last fifty years has the term teenager, introduced by merchandisers and advertisers in the 1940s, meant anything at all to the U.S. public. Today we typically think of teenagers as people aged 13-19. By the 1930s, compulsory education laws and changes in the economy - especially the Great Depression, had finally pushed teenage youth out of the workplace and into the classroom. In 1920, 28 percent of American youths between the ages of fourteen and seventeen were in high school; by 1930, 47 percent and by 1936, 65 percent of this age group was attending high school (Walker,2007).

Adolescence is the period when the growing human being is trying to figure out what he/she is, what he/she seeks, when the inclinations having dominated in childhood turn into human needs and interests (Bcκ, 1984). A huge impact on adolescent behavior has J.Piaget's emphasized puberty-characteristic self-monitoring, self-evaluation and other's evaluation trend. Teenagers, constantly comparing themselves with their peers and other members of society, learn the rules of life. Particularly striking collective activity (or being in a "group") desire shapes not always recognized by the society "right" attitudes to some music genres or ways of expression. For him/herself it is sometimes more important to express through music "the truth" instead of "the beauty." Therefore, the adolescent beauty "canons" are often different from the public ones. In this case, teenagers do not necessarily doubt the sincerity or understanding of the others, they simply consider the possibility that there may be something else, what is also true, or there may be another way of seeing things, problems, and relationships. Having escaped from the influence of his parents teenager wants to take on more and more peer values. This greatly affects the whole teenager's social life, so some authors tend to talk about the teenagers as a specific separate society, peculiar culture and language (Zukauskiene, 2007). Music and new digital technologies can be identified as particularly vivid medias for teenagers' self-assessment and self-expression. …

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