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Audience Perception of Framed Music during Times of War
Unformatted Document Text:  Music During Times of War 7 found in the lyrics, and the themes and messages constructed through the words. The receiver is the listening public. This study focuses on the popular audience, an audience which follows recent trends and is fairly easy to monitor through radio play and media samples. Lastly, the culture is the setting in which the text is interpreted. For this study, the culture is essential to investigate in conjunction with the music. In fact, the study is based on how an element of popular culture (popular music selection) may shift as a result of a war. These four aspects work collectively to frame a message in music. Selection of Comparative War Periods There are some strong similarities between World War II and the War on Terror that allow for the comparison of these two time periods. In both, an attack on United States soil took place. As well, both of these attacks resulted in a great loss of humanity – the largest single loss of American life up to that time. As a result of both of these attacks, American involvement in the war was inevitable. However, these wars are differed significantly. First, they differ in warfare. During World War II, soldiers engaged in more directly involved combat. Soldiers fought on land, and were able to visibly observe the victims they pursued. On the other hand, the War on Terror has presented less personal methods of attacks. Soldiers observe the benefits of their missiles as they drop on villages thousands of miles below. As a result, the soldiers have a less personable interaction with the victims, and possess a greater ability to harm the faceless enemy. Second, the wars differ with respect to when America entered the wars. During World War II, the war was already much underway. Many significant battles had already occurred and the United States hesitated to engage in war. Only when the United States was attacked in Pearl Harbor did the American Armed Forces commit to fight in World War II. On the other hand, during the War on Terror, the attack on the World Trade Center sparked a war. Prior to September 11 th , a world war was not already in progress. Instead, this violent attack on America prompted President Bush to declare a War on Terror, and prompted the United States to lead the world in the eradication of terrorism. Third, these wars differ in the amount of manpower employed. During World War II, the draft required men to leave their homes and fight for the country. While the men were displaced, the American

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Music During Times of War 7
found in the lyrics, and the themes and messages constructed through the words. The receiver is the
listening public. This study focuses on the popular audience, an audience which follows recent trends and
is fairly easy to monitor through radio play and media samples. Lastly, the culture is the setting in which
the text is interpreted. For this study, the culture is essential to investigate in conjunction with the music.
In fact, the study is based on how an element of popular culture (popular music selection) may shift as a
result of a war. These four aspects work collectively to frame a message in music.
Selection of Comparative War Periods
There are some strong similarities between World War II and the War on Terror that allow for the
comparison of these two time periods. In both, an attack on United States soil took place. As well, both
of these attacks resulted in a great loss of humanity – the largest single loss of American life up to that
time. As a result of both of these attacks, American involvement in the war was inevitable.
However, these wars are differed significantly. First, they differ in warfare. During World War
II, soldiers engaged in more directly involved combat. Soldiers fought on land, and were able to visibly
observe the victims they pursued. On the other hand, the War on Terror has presented less personal
methods of attacks. Soldiers observe the benefits of their missiles as they drop on villages thousands of
miles below. As a result, the soldiers have a less personable interaction with the victims, and possess a
greater ability to harm the faceless enemy.
Second, the wars differ with respect to when America entered the wars. During World War II, the
war was already much underway. Many significant battles had already occurred and the United States
hesitated to engage in war. Only when the United States was attacked in Pearl Harbor did the American
Armed Forces commit to fight in World War II. On the other hand, during the War on Terror, the attack
on the World Trade Center sparked a war. Prior to September 11
th
, a world war was not already in
progress. Instead, this violent attack on America prompted President Bush to declare a War on Terror,
and prompted the United States to lead the world in the eradication of terrorism.
Third, these wars differ in the amount of manpower employed. During World War II, the draft
required men to leave their homes and fight for the country. While the men were displaced, the American


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