Originally Posted by Pollyanna
The print media always claims (suriously) they are not shaping opinion but only reflecting it and I think there's the same thing going on in the music biz...
More than anything, I am disturbed by my spelling of "provocative"!
No worse than your spelling of seriously!
The media only shapes opinions for those not strong enough to have their own. Sure they offer perspectives, often biased, but people need to assess all the information they can get and make their own minds up. Same goes for music and labels/radio. People are free to explore whatever music they want, and it's never been easier (or less-expensive) than in the Internet age. If they fail to do that, it's their fault, not the music industry's.
Hmm, that does sort of bring it around to T-Bone's statement after all...