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Old 09-01-2005, 02:35 AM   #1
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Cultural Phenomenon

Pakistani band plays "I Want To Hold Your Hand" by the Beatles in front of the Indian PM to highlight good relations between the two countries.

While listening to the news report, I start humming the 30+ year old song. However, it struck me that I probably couldn't hum one song that is playing on any radio station right now. Yes, I'm in my twenties-thankyouverymuch.

Many people I know are turning away from their televisions, shunning popular movies, keeping away from commercial radio and turning more to the Internet for information, itunes for music and first-person computer games for entertainment and social interaction- each one a source that is highly fragmented, channeled through the choices of the individual.

Will common cultural phenomenons, such as the Beatles, become a thing of the past? In a few years, will we have nothing in common with those folks physically around us, but instead, cultivating ties to tribes that are only accessible through our choices? Is this a good or bad thing?
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