[Dixielandjazz] You are What You Listen To

Gluetje1 at aol.com Gluetje1 at aol.com
Mon Aug 24 18:42:04 PDT 2009

The most interesting thing to me about the below is that while fans of  
later jazz may be liberals, I find liberals very scarce among OKUM fans.
In a message dated 8/24/2009 9:53:12 A.M. Central Daylight Time,  
barbonestreet at earthlink.net writes:

You  are what you listen to, says new study of music lovers

Think twice  before proudly showing off your iPod playlist. Your choice  
of music  may mark you out as
boring, dim and unattractive, according to new research  from the  
University of Cambridge.

By Anita Singh,  Showbusiness Editor
Published: 8:00AM BST 22 Aug 2009

The study  found that we make assumptions about someone’s personality,  
values,  social class and ethnicity based on their musical preferences.   
Classical buffs are seen as ugly and boring, while rock lovers are   
regarded as emotionally unstable and pop fans are considered to be   
rather dim. Perusing a person’s iPod playlist can “reinforce   
stereotypes and, potentially, social prejudices”, said Dr Jason   
Rentfrow, who led the research at the university’s Department of   
Social and Developmental Psychology. “This research suggests that,   
even though our assumptions may not be accurate, we get a very  strong  
impression about someone when we ask them what music they  like.”  
Subjects in the study were asked to ponder six musical  genres: rock,  
pop, classical, jazz, rap and electronica. Jazz fans  elicited the most  
positive response as they were considered to be  imaginative, peace- 
loving liberals with friendly and outgoing natures.  Classical buffs  
are perceived as quiet, friendly, responsible and  intelligent but also  
unathletic, physically unattractive and dull.  Those with a preference  
for rock songs are deemed to be “natural  rebels”, thoroughly  
irresponsible and emotionally unstable, while  pop fans are seen as  
conventional and calm but lacking in  intelligence and wisdom. Rap  
aficionados are viewed as athletic and  self-respecting but  
disorganised and “more hostile” than other music  fans. Lovers of  
electronica are “a bit neurotic”. The research was  carried out to mark  
the university’s 800th  anniversary.

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