Jazz is more cultured than bubblegum pop
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danah boyd
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He doesn’t even realize that the example he’s using is /also/ an example of how arbitrary his distinctions are.
If he did some research on the origins of jazz, he’d know that it was once considered highly uncultured because it was invented by Black musicians and so it was mostly rejected in the mainstream because it was considered “Black music.” He only considers it more ‘cultured’ because it’s been so appropriated by white musicians (see the “Original Dixieland Jazz Band” in 1917) that it’s no longer so associated with Blackness.

I’m guessing he considers bubblegum pop as “girl music” and that has something to do with this distinction.

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