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Eminem Was Right Throughout the years many methods have been utilized in making a macroscopic analysis of the youth of America Traditionally when using music to make this analysis the overall influence of pop music on adolescents and children would be examined Mary Eberstadt flips this logic around and asks the question What is it about todays music violent and disgusting though it may be that resonates with so many American kids By answering this question Eberstadt hopes to not to learn what music does to adolescents but rather what music can tell about them Is it possible that todays pop music can be used as a lens to glimpse into the lives of todays youth Eberstadt finds her evidence through examining many of the lyrics written by current pop stars along with multiple interviews newspaper and magazine articles After reading just a few pages it was fairly obvious that Eberstadts main conclusion is that the dissolution of the modern American family is mirrored in todays music Before I was even going to attempt at making a cursory analysis of this article I decided to check up on a few of the references that Eberstadt used Her fist reference is to the August 2002 edition of the magazine Blender She references a piece of information from writer Mark Shaw saying 50 of parents get divorced No credible source for this statistic is cited in either article Eberstedt then goes on to take a direct quote from an interview with Mark Hoppus of Blink 182 about the effect divorce has on kids Divorce is such a normal thing today and hardly anybody ever thinks how the kids feel about it or how they are taking it but in the US about half of all the kids go through it I didnt realize Mark Hoppus had the credentials to make a sociological analysis about divorce Eberstedt explored Papa Roachs album Infest which sold more than
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