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Thread #74025   Message #1288857
Posted By: GUEST,Jon
05-Oct-04 - 02:36 AM
Thread Name: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
Subject: RE: Higher percentage musicians 1900 v 2000
I can believe that sort of decline mentioned but I think:

The decline is attributed to the widespread use of recorded music via radio, records, CD's, etc.

Is a bit of a narrow view. I think you could add tv for other programs, computers, tv games, mobile phones and probably a load of other factors to your list. I believe the main point is not so much recorded music but that people have become used to being entertained than entertaining themselves.

This has wider implications than music - I wonder how many schoolyard games are played now for example. When I see pictures of shools on the news, the kids all seem to be texting or talking on mobile phones...

I suppose one consolation though, at least if the UK folk scene is anything to go by, is that of those who do want to play music, the general standard seems higher than it was even 20 years ago. There seem to be a lot of very talented young musicains around. This presumably means that the oppertunites are greater for those who do want to learn an instrument. In this sense, it's quite possible that recorded music and the occasional showing on tv and radio have helped.