Using "Mosh" by Eminem and "Changes" by Tupac, what three sociological terms can be applied to both songs?

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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With a question like this, I think that you are going to have to go back to your class instruction or syllabus and make sure that the three terms needed are reflected in what you have been learning about so far.  The terms that are generated here might not be applicable to your particular instruction.  I offer this on the outset. With this in mind, the songs you selected are really good in terms of sociological reality.  Each features a definite "symbol" of their social element.  For Tupac's song, one definite symbol is the presence of barriers in his sense of being. The lack of a "Black President" as well as "the penitentiary's packed, and it's filled with black" would be examples of  barriers to there not being any "changes."   For Eminem, the "mosh pit" is a symbol where people from all backgrounds can converge in the demand for change.  Eminem's song uses the symbol of the mosh pit as the realm where change can happen because it masks differences into one being, driven towards transforming the future.  The dominant ideology of each is reflected in each song's sociological construction of reality.  For both, a changeist philosophy that demands a transformation of what is into what should be is the dominant ideology.  Tupac's song lists many realities for what it means to be African- American.  These social conditions are the elements that must change.  Tupac's dismay in the sign is that he sees "no changes."  The entire song is dedicated to ideology of transformation, a changeist vision in which what is should no longer be accepted.  For Eminem, his dominant ideology is also of change, but in a political sense. He believes that the war in Iraq is the result of flawed leadership, at one point in the song openly calling for defiance of the- then current American political leader.  The song is a demand for individuals to create solidarity in demanding this change.  Eminem's song speaks to how change is a reality that must be embraced for the future to be better than what it is. It is here where I think that we can see a third sociological term discussed. Rap becomes the medium by which both artists embrace the sociological condition of mass communication, something that both artists are highly conscious of with their calls for change. 

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