Hearing Differently

The Internet changes the way people read. We take things in bite sized chunks, always skimming for more. It is the antithesis to books where one has to follow a narrative or argument for a long period of time, connecting the dots patiently.

With Spotify, Itunes, Facebook, and Youtube, listening to music has also taken a whole new turn.

Listening shows the same symptoms as those of reading: shorter attention spans take bands and artists in bite sized chunks. These chunks are not whole songs, let alone albums, but a collage of songs pastiched together. Enter the mixtape, enter the playlist, enter the mashup, enter the shuffle.

The medium changes the way we listen to music.

For better or for worse…now that is the question.

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