Janhabi Mukherjee

'Still a believer, but I don't know why.'

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    I watched you Nae Nae, now what? - Is the lack of lyrics a reflection on the attitudes of today's popular music listeners as a whole?

    Comparison between songs that are more recent and ones that are older throw up a large number of differences in terms of lyrics. One prime difference is that newer songs have an increasingly decreasing (heh, see what I did there?) number of lyrics.
    Examples –
    ‘You a Stupid Hoe’, ‘Turn Down For What’, ‘Now watch me whip, now watch me nae nae’, ‘I know you want me, you know I wan’cha’

    Is this constant reduction in the number of words in a song a reflection on
    a) Our memory – we can’t remember words to songs anymore, or it seems like a waste of time to do so.
    b) Our attention span has dropped so low, that we can’t be bothered to listen to music that isn’t composed of repititive phrases, we can’t be bothered to exert the effort to figure out what longer, more extensive lyrics say.
    c) Just bad taste.

    Is it a combination of all three?
    Is it a different reason altogether?
    Is there a more complex reasoning behind this?

    • I think the simplicity of minimal and shallow lyrics isn't exactly a reflection of our intelligence more so that it's necessary for certain moments. There are several music genres that thrive with complex, poetic lyrics such as Hip-Hop, Alternative and arguably some Pop music and they are highly praised. Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Kanye West are insanely successful rappers if for nothing else then for the complexity of their wordplay. All of the songs you listed weren't created with the intention of making people come to profound revelations; they are simply dance songs. The only job they have is to get you to shake what your momma gave you and they do it well. – sastephens 7 years ago
    • I agree with sastephens. I think different genres of music are meant to satisfy different drives and relate to different moods. That's why if someone has an eclectic taste in music, he or she can more easily adapt and access a range of different personas than someone with a more limited musical palette. There are certain songs that are meant to be shallow, but incredibly catchy and there are deeply meaningful songs that aren't designed to get burned into listeners' brains via radio overkill. Obviously, there are those instances where songs are both catchy and deep (and it's really terrific when that happens, but not every song has to do that to be a good song). I do agree that there's a trend recently of repetitive, catchphrase-type songs. It may be an attention-span thing as you mention since our tech-obsessed world is dealing with that problem as a whole. I've heard this trend's been happening with movie titles for that very reason. – aprosaicpintofpisces 7 years ago
    • I think its a combination of bad taste and the fact that it will simply make millions of dollars. Those songs are what dominates the charts. They aren't groundbreaking; they are just meant for a night out. And that's fine, but it would be great to get back to songs with more substance. That's just how our culture is right now. The attention span is decreasing. I like to believe that there are still a lot of people who respect and identify with great lyrics. Right now it's the trend but I think people want more depth in a song. – joshmccann 7 years ago

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    I remember reading this when I was younger, but the grandmother’s speech seems extremely significant to me now when I re read it here.
    I wonder what she was trying to say?
    She defines Christian marriage as a way for the Little mermaid to get an immortal soul, yet the way the story turns out, it is clear that marriage is not a sufficient way to gain a soul (as the author writes, an improper method’).
    I feel like there’s some subtext on virginity/fornication in those lines that we’re missing, not necessarily related just to the concept of the soul, but to that of the Christian doctrine as a whole.

    In Defense of the Conclusion to "The Little Mermaid"

    Great article! I love that you’ve given the list for ‘works cited’ for those of us who want to follow up.
    Pointless observation, probably, but the concept of the two colour subtraction process, and read and green, made me think immediately of the rods and cones in the human eye. I wonder if the physics was somewhat similar, or if the structure was in any way actually inspired from the composition of the human body! Wouldn’t that be exiting :’D
    Thanks for writing this, it was a great read.

    A History of Colour: The Difficult Transition from Black and White Cinematography

    Great, detailed article! Enjoyed reading it.
    So you’ve written about how the protagonist is taken as the ‘unreliable narrator’ and things are shown from his perspective.
    What I was wondering, was, (and I haven’t READ ‘The Great Gatsby’, only watched it, so I might be missing something obvious here) if the writer-protagonist there too would be counted unreliable? (Isn’t this at complete odds with his usual surface character of practicalness and straightforwardness?)
    Also, if he IS to be considered unreliable, does then the story (because we hear it from his point of view) have some degree of that same unreliability, preventing us from being sure we know all the events that happened as ‘fact’ (as in ‘The Usual Suspects’, for example)?
    Once again, great read. 🙂

    From The Get Down to Moulin Rouge: A Look at Baz Luhrmann's Writer-Heroes

    Over a year late, but great article! The links between portrait representation and social media were rather interesting to read about.
    You speak of the different personalities projected on different platforms (varying according to the purpose/features of the platform itself). I was wondering how this same phenomenon would figure if thought in context of the breaking out from the idea of one uniform singular identity for each person, and the more modernist idea of a multiplicity that makes up each person?
    And also, would this multiplicity at all count, if one considers the ‘reality’ or ‘authenticity’ of a social media account?
    Once again, amazing article 🙂

    Social Media Profiles: A Faithful Reminder of Who We Are, and Who We Can't Be