Habit of Mind: Metacognition

This past week in English 1030, a new topic of monsters and villains was brought up. The piece the rangers had to read, "Monsters and the Moral Imagination", discussed the philosophy and thought behind monsters and society's infatuation with them. Some possible reasons proposed by Asma was our social anxiety post terrorist attacks or even the economic recession. No one really understands our culture's desire to watch movies that purposely scare you, or read books that describe horror, but it is a common trend in this society. After researching this topic further, I came across several articles that have a similar theme to the piece by Asma - why? According to an ABC article, monsters can be interpreted as masks that cover up the true fears of society. By using monsters as a facade for real world issues that people fear such as murder, robbery, or even terrorism, we try and "face" this issues but it really just causes a greater fascination with what we fear. I can definitely relate to these things feared by society, and see how people try to alter them into other creatures, whether it be a villain or monster. The thought process behind this makes sense and can attribute to the continuation of monsters being prevalent in our culture.

On Thursday, another topic was brought up about rhetoric and how it is used to manipulate our society. After watching the songs by Bo Burnam, which directly pointed out how generic and non-specific pop songs are, it made me think about other popular songs that have no true meaning behind the words, they just try to appeal to as many people as possible in order to make the most amount of money. This issue has been occurring in every genre, and made me think of the music I listen to. I found an article that describes how modern country music has turned into the same lyrics and/or beats. It is obviously a tactic to increase the artist's revenue, but it is also brainwashing society to believe that this is quality music. I used to think of common country songs as "good" but after listening carefully and analyzing the words, it is all the same. Our culture's definition of "good" music is now a standardized song that repeats phrases multiple times and has no deeper meaning whatsoever, it is created just to be appealing to the vast majority of people. The article attached and Bo Burnam's videos both highlight the way our culture's music has evolved into garbage.

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