Music is such a powerful means of expression that it’s only natural that military leaders learned early on how to use it. Want an army to march in formation? A drum will work like magic – in fact, many ancient cultures though music WAS magical, precisely because it somehow seemed to make people work together, whether it was rigging a boat or pounding rice or marching to war. But the age of the iPod has raised an interesting question: when music stops being a communal experience, heard by everyone in a space at the same time, does it lose that impact?
Or, surprisingly, does the iPod generation find an alternate way to turn what seems like an individual experience into a communal one anyway?