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Journal Writing Project: Music stereotypes


Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods

Teenagers often identify themselves with the type of music they listen to. I know I do. I am seventeen years old and it’s easier to hang out with someone who likes my music for more reasons than one. Remember those car rides with your parents when you had to listen to their music and all you wanted to do was shove socks in your ears to drown out the sound of their favorite artist? Not what most people would classify as a good time. It’s much easier to hang out with someone who has the same taste in music as I do, I can crank the stereo to your favorite song without someone complaining that they want to change the station.

Not only does the music I listen to often influence my social circle, but it also affects my fashion sense. For example, when you see somebody walking down the street with their pants around their knees and a hat to the side, you don’t automatically think to yourself, “I bet he absolutely loves to listen to Reba McEntire.” Have you ever seen a person with dark make-up, ripped jeans, an old shirt and some worn out Converse and say to them, “Have you heard the new Lil’ Wayne album?” Music is the perfect example of a stereotypical subject.

Rock and roll music has evolved from Elvis shaking his hips to the audacious Alice Cooper running around stage with snakes and singing in a straight jacket. Two completely different ideas, right? But they’re both successful rock and roll artists. Since Elvis Presley, rock music has been “labeled,” if you will, a violent and or inappropriate, not to mention anti-establishment form of lashing out by many people, but to the listener it is nothing but entertainment and a form of free expression. Today, it’s not likely that parents have a problem with their child listening to The Beatles, but at the height of their success, they were a controversial topic within families with children.

There have been acts of violence that have been blamed on rock music, such as an adolescent boy killing his mother after listening to a heavy metal song. Is it the genre of music that is provoking this? The answer is no, it is not. A study conducted by Donald F. Roberts, Peter G. Christenson, and Douglas A. Gentile titled The Effects of Violent Music on Children and Adolescents claimed that Heavy Metal music is not the root of these behaviors. Although they found that Rock and Roll music isn’t the root of anger within its fans, it d .....
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Who’s better: Duke, Duke or Duke?

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Journal Student Writing Project

Before I write for everyone here in the Journal I should probably tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Mike Walsh, the son of Andy and Maggie Walsh. I currently am a senior at Fillmore Central. I have one sister, Caitlyn, who is in ninth ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Discrimination

By Sam Stocker

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I have recently come to understand something new. I really didn’t see it before, or maybe I always knew it, and I just chose to ignore it. Maybe everyone does. A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to judge FCCLA STAR events in Minneapol ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Moving On

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

May is finally here, prom season is in full swing, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Now my English teacher always tells me not to write about the cliché things people always say about graduation, but I just can’t help it, so here goes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A startling epidemic

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Recent studies have shown an increase of senioritis among area seniors. This non-fatal but crippling disease has been on the rise since the end of Christmas break. This disease is highly contagious, and outbreaks have been recorded throughout ..... 
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Journal Writing Project On the Road Again

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

To begin, I have to note that I did borrow the title of Willie Nelson’s hit “On the Road Again” for my own title as Lanesboro’s Class of 2012 was recently “traveling places that [they’ve] never been.” In the early morning of March 28, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project What would you do?

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kiah Halvorson Almost everyone knows Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” In the song, the man is diagnosed with cancer. And he’s thinking about the fact that he only has a month to live. While thinking about his life, he makes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project The importance of being Earnest

By Sam Stocker

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

“Earnest,” when used as an adjective, is defined as “resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.” A list of synonyms include “devout,” “sincere,” and “dedicated.” Antonyms include “frivolous” and “halfhearted ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Thinking of spring

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Baseball fans are wondering what’s happening in spring training, football fans are wondering who’ll be drafted in which round, and golfers are wondering when they’ll be able to get out on the course again. As a high school senior, I’m also w ..... 
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