Goku Appreciation Zone
The connecting reaction consists partly in the revelation to the listener that his apparently isolate, individual experience of a particular song is a collective experience. The moment of identification of some socially established highlight often has a dual meaning: one not only identifies it innocently as being this or that, subsuming it under this or that category, but the very act of denying it, one also tends unwittingly to identify oneself with the objective social agencies or with the power of those individuals who made this particular event fit into this pre-existing category and this “established” it. The very fact that an individual is capable of identifying an object as this or that allows him to take vicarious part in the institution which made the event what it is and to identify himself with this very institution.
It may be added that the recognized social value inherent in the song hit is involved in the transfer of the gratification of ownership to the object which this becomes “liked.” The labeling process here comes to collectivize the ownership process. The listener feels flattered because he, too, owns what everyone owns. By owning an appreciated and marketed it, one gets the illusion of value. The illusion of value in the listener is the basis for the evaluation of the musical material."
Adorno, On Popular Music
ic ould quote this whole damn essay
The people clamor for what they are going to get anyhow.
Music today is largely a social cement.
Any rhythmical formula which is outdated, no matter how “hot” it is in itself, is regarded as ridiculous and therefore either flatly rejected or enjoyed with the smug feeling that the fashion now familiar to the listener are superior.
To dislike the song is no longer an expression of subjective taste but rather a rebellion against the wisdom of a public utility and disagreement with the millions of people who are assumed to support what the agencies are giving them. Resistance is regarded as the mark of bad citizenship, as inability to have fun, as highbrow insincerity, for what normal person can set himself against such normal music?