Thursday, March 24, 2011

Research question

Is "catchy" song a "good" song?

I know that this question is very broad and need to be more specified, but I chose this question because I thought this wouldn't be too cliche if I included some concrete supports like the effects of catchiness that makes it more memorable in the brain and if it causes any more "likablility" of the song. Also I would look at what it means to be a "good" song, and rather focus on a scientific reasoning such as the harmony that the song makes and if that is typically likable sound to the ear. I don't know exactly how long the auto-tuned, repetitive songs were popular but I've seen many split opinions for those types of songs, dividing into either haters of the song or admitting that they do like it. So I would also like to compare people's reasons for liking/not liking the song, and look at the differences made between the reason for non-catchy popular songs and the reason for recent, catchy popular songs such as Rebecca Black's Friday.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gladwell Summary

Gladwell looks at various ways to approach to the idea of plagiarism and how it can be seen as a crime or "something borrowed," depending on the content that it's been plagirazed and how much of it was plagiarized. He does not give a clear conclusion or a strong opinion, but suggests that an "obsession" with plagiarism can be harmful and hinder the creativity and/or the diversity of the various art forms, which includes writings, plays, and music. Giving the example of the Broadway play "Frozen," which he himself got plagiarized by the playwright, he presents his own confusion and struggle with drawing the line in the plagiarism as a crime or a "transformed" art form.

I thought this piece was kind of interesting since I never really thought about plagiarism that much except that it was something that I should never do it, which is also what I've been taught all along in the high school. It was a little hard to summarize since I felt like, for the most part, Gladwell didn't really have a point to state but more to make the readers think about the plagiarism and be more considerate about it.