When Pop Music Fans Go to War


    Pop music fans are the driving forces of the entertainment industry. However, our devotion is not just a by-product of modern consumer culture. Rather, we were trained to keep the business in motion.

    We were taught to devote ourselves to our favourite performers. However, that attachment leads to competition as uplifting a performer in American pop is done to the detriment of others.

    The media capitalises on divisions between pop music fans by casting performers against each other. Indeed, bloggers and journalists emphasise artists’ differences, and indulge in debates for the sake of attracting viewers.

    For example, this Rolling Stone article comparing Rihanna to Beyonce, asking “who reigns supreme?” I’ve also been guilty of similar tactics as I wrote several “greatest” lists aimed at encouraging debates.

    Simply, competition results in hits. Digital creators know this, especially since we were part of the Total Request Live (TRL) Team Christina vs Team Britney generation. In other words, we write what we know.

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    MTV: Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera
    Moving forward

    Yet, people aren’t mindless puppets of the media. By first recognising the issue, we can move forward with the intention to resolve it. This involves understanding how the divisions were made to manipulate us.

    Additionally, it’s important to see how the ongoing fighting is doing more harm than good. As pop music fans, we limit our tastes to a select group of artists and actively work to stop others. That damages the industry we claim to enjoy.

    This installment of Trini Trent TV Stan Culture series dissects the issue. Furthermore, I share my story of how I changed my competitive mindset from judgement to understanding.

    Today’s quote by the Dalai Lama ties it all together.

    “People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost.” – Dalai Lama