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Left, Right, Left, Right ... "Play?"

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 - 01:34 PM

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?

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