Understanding The Psychological Side Of Entertainment

Entertainment can be classified into general and public forms of entertainment. There are shows in which we are observers and participants. In those forms of entertainment where were observers, we are captivated by the deeds of others. In those that were are participants, we all have our part to play in order to ensure the success of the show in general. However, these roles are not exclusive because there are forms of entertainment in which we are both observer and participant.

General forms of entertainment are less interactive; a contradiction is more or less when you think about it. When you go to the cinema to watch a movie, we are physically cut off from the movie stars in the movie. The contradiction comes about in live shows like a comedy act where the comedian can call for our participation of the various jokes. In essence, not all forms entertainment are interactive or closed off. They often blend with each other.

Entertainment is a gateway to fantasy; an entry to an alternate reality. Media scholars call this mediated reality in which time passes rather quickly. In a film, you can move years into the past or future in a matter of minutes. This can only happen in fantasy but not in reality. Films take us to places and have concepts that are completely alien and virtually impossible. A film like Ridely Scott’s ‘Alien’ Trilogy puts us in a situation where we see a female hero battling extra-terrestrial monsters on a space ship. Normally, such a scenario is impossible in real life but in movies we get to battle those life forms with her and get to see her win.

Other people look for entertainment for relax. Everyone has different tastes and preferences when it comes to music; they have a genre that they are in love with. There is always that tune that they are in love with. It is a way to calm their nerves. Music therapy is used by some doctors to cure certain aliments, but the jury is still out on that.

For the most part entertainment used for catharsis. Within us there are very powerful emotions that find a release in entertainment. Genres like opera are felt and not listened to. The opera is a great release for powerful emotions. There have been cases where people who listen to operas experience so much emotion that they end up breaking out. However, this release of information is can go to very dangerous extremes and manifest themselves in deviant behaviour.

Entertainment does is that ensures that people are emotionally involved in the act. Writers employ various devices of style to get emotionally invested in a show. For instance, series, employ cliff hangers at series finale to get us to look forward to the next season.

Even with this emotional investment, it is easy to get carried away with it and forget all responsibility. It is important that you exercise restraint when watching movies or playing games in order to avoid a phenomenon called video-game transference (VGT). This extreme behaviour may compel people to act out what they see on TV in real life. In order to avoid this, watch everything in moderation.

When people seek out entertainment, they do so with the aim of living vicariously through them. Below are the effects of entertainment on the individual in a nutshell.

1. Identification – Shows have a way of making people identify with the characters. They seem to go through similar struggles that we go through. In some way, when they find a solution, we seem to do so as well.

2. Fantasy – For most people entertainment is a form of escape into an alternate reality. Not everyone can fly around like Superman or live dangerously and be wealthy like Batman, but we can live vicariously through them.

3. Projection – Ever had a bad a day and you felt as though you couldn’t talk to anyone about it? Or a nasty break up that you just wanted to forget about? We all have a tune that we turn to when we feel down and want turn that frown upside down.

4. Regression – Through entertainment, we get to live our past emotions.

5. Sublimation – Entertainment is also a form of sublimation of our impulsive desires and this especially true when we participate in entertainment as in the interpretation of art.

6. Displacement – In non-participative and passive entertainment forms, individual escape reality by displacing from their emotions. Think of it as a vicarious experience that enables one to live out an alternate reality that isn’t possible through in reality.

A Historical Journey Of The Evolution Of Music – Culture And Music

All things that don’t change, die. Music is one perfect example of this. Genres of music have changed consistently over time. This trend is reflected by the type of music that is en vogue; what is popular now becomes yesterday’s news very quickly. For people seeking to make forays into the music industry, it is important that they adapt the style to the taste of the time so that they remain relevant.

This evolution of music has been attributed to the changes in technology and shifts in culture. In music, there is freedom to create something entirely new. People like Mozart, pushed the envelope in classical music when he delved deep into opera or how John Coltrane changed the way people viewed jazz. In other words, convention were challenged at every turn.

Culture is the main driving force behind the change in music. The middle ages represented this shift in music. Before that period, playing music was limited to only taverns and the church. As people’s tastes changed and gravitated toward classical music, the ruling class employed classical musicians to play in their courts. There was sense of opulence in courts that had talented musicians that could dazzle crowds. Dogma in the classical arena crept but as when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart stepped into the scene, the shift rippled through the musical world for almost two centuries.

Detroit played centre stage to the radical shift in music. The Big Band espoused this shift in by playing new catchy tunes in the 1920s. This style also permeated Europe and other parts of the world.

The creation of the electric guitar by Adolf Rickenbacker in the late 20s altered music for good. It is was the first true test of electricity and how it is used to amplify instruments.

The shift in music wouldn’t be shift without mentioning Jazz into the mix and it was affected greatly by the creation of the electric guitar. Before the emergence of the electric guitar, it was very difficult to incorporate the rhythms of the guitar. Somehow, the electric guitar changed all this. Jazz marked a turning point in music because it went against all conventions that people held about music. Most people who belonged to the old school of thought about music though it too undisciplined and too noisy for their tastes. However, melodic tunes that came from Jazz musicians heralded a new style of music that was to be ultimate symbol of rebellion_ Rock and Roll.

Rock and Rock has had a lot of icons but the one who has stood as the face of this genre is Elvis Presley. His 1954 hit, ‘That’s alright mama’ is touted as the first Rock n Roll hit but critics still debate whether or not it belongs to that genre. Elvis’ guitar riffs showed that a music had evolved from the ‘undisciplined’ Jazz to a ‘rebellious’ Rock n Roll. Just like a Jazz was a statement against oppression, Rock n Roll was a testament to rebellion and the unending quest of rebellion.

As the shift in music happened in the 60s and 70s, technology changed tremendously and affected the music industry. People could add a variety of effects to their songs and, Pop and Disco were born. Discos catchy melodies meant that people could dance to it regardless of experience; all you had was just to dance and have a good time. Influences of Rock n Roll could be felt in the beats of the various disco hits of the time.

It is very easy to come to the conclusion that shifts in music are simply positive or negative. Not all shifts are entirely bad and neither are they entirely good. There are some genres of music like Rap have received a bad rep because of the language used in the lyrics. The artistic aspect of the song is overlooked just because of this. Some rap songs are filled with great messages that people end up not listening to.

Culture is greatly affected by the music of the time. Another area of life affected by music, is fashion. Over time, there have different styles the find their influence in the music of the time, like baggy jeans in the heyday of rap and tight leopard print pants, of the rock and roll era. In essence, culture and music enjoy a direct relationship of sorts and if there was stalling of culture, then there would be no shift in music and vice versa.