How does a people determine that a movement to a new era has
occurred? Although there was no newspaper headline announcing the
beginning of postmodernism, it is very evident that American culture took a
turn in the 1960’s, and, as always, the arts began to reflect the changes in our
culture.
The amount of information easily available to us has risen
exponentially in the past few decades.Postmodernism has grown out of the
amount of useless knowledge that everyday people now possess because of
the high speed access of information through internet, TV, and many other
sources. Mixing rock, rap, and romantic styles of music seems as silly as the
need to know anything one could find on almost half of internet sites. Of
course, most information found in modern mediums is relevant, but the speed
at which you can access it as compared to a hundred years ago clearly depicts
a new era of culture. With a new era in culture, one will definately find a
new era in the arts.


Genre mixing is a product of high-speed information access. It is very
easy to sample new and different styles of music than it ever was before,
forcing musicians to be influenced by diverse types of music. If a rock band
listened to both BB King and the Sex Pistols, one will most probably hear
both blues and punk influences in their music. So, it is easy to understand
that easy access to wide selections of musical styles forces composers to mix
genres of music when creating new music.

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