Sacralization and the Rise of American Cultural Forms
The course made use of the term ‘’sacralization of culture’ as a way of defining the way the American culture is typical of different groups living in this content. The term ‘sacralization’ has been used in this context to show how various cultures categorize their values to represent a particular belief system. In other words, the term indicates that every culture is sacred and devoted to showing only a particular value and belief system. For example, the title “emergence of race records” depicts how records are currently produced in America to reflect the needs of various races in America. Every race has a definitive type of records that suits and meets their needs. On the other hand, ‘Slave songs, their discovery’ shows a categorization aspect of these kinds of songs. It depicts the realization that some songs can be categorized as slave songs. In this regard, these titles help to defend the use of the term ‘sacralization of culture’ in America.
The problems involving ‘sacralization’ may apply to both “emergence of race records” and ‘Slave songs, their discovery’ cases chosen in different ways. In the first case of “emergence of race records,” there is a possibility that concerns would emerge regarding the use of the term to enhance racism in America. The term depicts the release of records that would meet the music needs of particular American races only. It shows how the records would promote segregation of culture instead of the spirit of nationalism that unites Americans in one culture. Additionally, it gives a negative connotation to the value of the unity of culture in America. On the other hand, ‘Slave songs, their discovery’ case also raises various problematic concerns. The title arouses curiosity regarding the categorization of the song. It seems as if the American culture still promotes slavery. In this regard, most critics would say that the case promotes a wrong narrative concerning the American culture. Slavery is past negative American culture. As a result, it should not feature in that context. Other critics of this case would also wonder why it would be necessary to rediscover the culture of slavery through songs. These issues would cause problems with this title case.
The first case, ‘emergence of race records’ involves the issues of race and class. Racism emerges strongly in this case since the title depicts the necessity to categorize music records using specific races. Consequently, it supports the ideology of racism in America. The case indicates that the issue of racism in music records is an emerging culture in America. In other words, it shows that racism in music did not exist in the past. However, it is a culture that is rapidly developing in the nation. The case also depicts classism. It is notable that the title of the case shows that music records are slowly classifying their productions using the racial factor. As a result, it shows that records would only belong to a particular class of people. Racism, in this case, can be seen as a factor that promotes classism in the music industry. The decision of the music producers to introduce records that identify races is creating the need to classify some songs. In turn, this is creating a classism awareness in the minds of Americans as they listen to these songs. Analytically, this promotes classism.
The second case, ‘Slave songs, their discovery,’ also involves issues of class. It gives the idea that categorization of certain songs is vital in meeting the needs of a particular class of American that are slaves. It peddles the notion of slavery as an accepted norm within the American society. The case shows that it is important to classify various songs as ‘slave songs’ to meet the needs of a class of people in America who are currently slaves. As a result, it raises the problem of promoting slavery within the American continent.
There is a cultural-technological factor that influences the issue of racism and class as indicated in the cases chosen. It is clear that ‘emergence of race records’ has a technological aspect that influences the culture of racism in America. Race records is a technology that the music producers are rapidly adopting as a way of propelling the culture social identity. According to this technology, the proponents sell the idea that music should evolve to cater for the social needs a particular people only. In this regard, it would be easy to sell music that meets the needs of different races. Analytically, this is a technology that identifies that there is a problem of social identity in America, and provides a solution that would eventually propagate the culture of racism. The technology provides solution since it helps to produce records that are specific to the cultural needs of various races in America. On this note, race records tap into the music technology by understanding the music cultures of various races, and producing songs to meet such needs. As a result, the technology attempts to produce songs of particular genres depending on culture or race targeted. In turn, this cultural-technological factor is slowly causing music to perpetuate racism in America. American music is eventually being defined on the basis of the races its tries to reach rather than the message it communicates to the audience.
The other case, ‘Slave songs, their discovery,’ also has a cultural-technological factor that influences the problem of classism in America. Most of the current music producers realize the need to classify music for purposes of creating diversity in the market. According to them, there is need to create music that caters for individual needs of various classes of people within the American market. Consequently, they have identified the technology classifying music to cater for individuals that feel like they are slaves in America. While this may sound intelligent and appropriate since it meets needs a particular class of people in the nation, it is rapidly promoting the culture of classism in America. It is notable that this will eventually lead to classism in America where people listening to a particular type of music will be classified in a particular way. Eventually, this will create social injustice and segregation in the American society. The music technology of classifying music to depict a class of people who are slaves in America will raise social tension and awareness that slavery is still active in the nation. The technology is likely to promote a slavery culture in which individuals feeling that they are slaves in America would want to identify with such music. Analytically, the technology would promote diversity and improve the music sales in America. However, it would cause major social tension, as well as perpetuate a cultural notion that slavery still exists in the country. Consequently, it is worth noting that classism will increase in America since the music will create class awareness. As a result, this will destroy the social fabric of the American society.
Another cultural-technological factor that influences classism in the case of ‘Slave songs, their discovery,’ is the technological need for most Americans to have variety of music that demonstrate different classes. The modern technologies used in the production of music enable the producers to categorize music in several classes due to the needs of the market. The American population consists of diverse cultures. As a result, these producers attempt to capture the needs of the entire population by introducing a culture that promotes music classification. In this regard, producers exceed production limits by inventing other classes of music such as slavery songs that would introduce a negative culture in America. While it would be interesting to have classes of music that present every type of ideology in the American population, these producers fail to understand that such steps would only introduce the culture of slavery back in America.