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Public backlash in the Milli Vanilli case : subjective authenticity and mass culture unleashed

Author: Daniel S Rosen
Publisher: 1993.
Dissertation: M.A. Emerson College 1993
Edition/Format:   Thesis/dissertation : Thesis/dissertation : Manuscript   Archival Material : English

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Genre/Form: Academic theses
Material Type: Thesis/dissertation, Manuscript
Document Type: Book, Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel S Rosen
OCLC Number: 30709834
Notes: Includes abstract.
Description: 98 leaves, [1] plate : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Responsibility: by Daniel S. Rosen.

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by rosends (WorldCat user on 2006-06-22)

Table Of Contents A. The Background, Statement of Purpose, and the Problem 5 I. Prologue 5 1. Introduction to Milli Vanilli 5 2. Introduction to My Version of Mass Communication Theory 6 and Terms Defining Our World II. Life in a Society 8 1. Creator vs. Receptor 8 2. Creator Vs. Receptor in the Music World 10 3. Some Quick Definitions Specific to the World of This Thesis 11 III. The Industry of Music 14 1. What is the Conflict 14 2. The Evolution of Technical Standards and the Problem 16 IV. Authenticity 18 1. Strict Authenticity 18 2. Musical Authenticity 19 3. Scholarly Authenticity 20 4. The Public Need 21 5. Overt Subjective Authenticity in Music 23 V. The Media Coverage of Duplicity in Entertainment 24 1. Talking Pictures 24 2. Music 26 3. Music and Voice Syncing in More Current Films 27 4. On Stage 28 5. Additional Examples 29 6. Rock and Roll 31 6a. Other Forms of Rock and Roll (and other) Lip-Syncing 34 and Over-Dubbing Explained VI. Post Milli Vanilli Cases and Public Response 35 VII. Music as a Package 36 1. Unreal Expectations 36 2. The Role of the Industry 37 3. The Failure of the Industry 38 4. The Creation of the Star and the Star Creation System 40 5. We Accept the System 41 6. Our Feedback As an Industry Tool 43 VIII. The Introduction of the Unpredictable Leading to a Pursuable Thesis 44 B. The Need For, Uses of, and Methods of Research 46 I. The Strands of the Theory 46 II. Elements to Be Researched 47 1. Industry Personnel 47 2. Consumer Surveys 50 3. Media Involvement and Response to Cultural Situations 54 4. The Litigious Society 55 C. The Research 58 I. Student Surveys 58 1. Introduction to Results 58 2. Results and Discussion 59 3. Details About Authenticity 59 4. Experience and Consequences 62 5. Knowledge of the Use of Lip-Syncing 65 6. Limitations and Indications for Further Study 66 II. Industry Interviews 68 1. Introduction 68 2. Interview Responses and Analysis 68 a. Subjects and the Audience 68 b. Recording and Technological Control 70 c. Past Lip-Syncing 71 d. The Economic Factor 73 III. The Media's Role -- Statistics and Industry Opinion 74 1. Introduction 74 2. The Tabloid Mentality 75 3. The Litigious Society 79 D. Media Responses, and Conclusion 83 I. Media Reaction to the Milli Vanilli Settlement 83 II. The End of the Story 84 E. Conclusions 85 1. General Conclusions 85 2. Limitations and Indications for Further Research 87 3. One Attempt at A Mass Comunications Model F. Bibliography 90 1. Scholarly Works Consulted 90 2. Popular Works Consulted 93


by rosends (WorldCat user on 2006-06-22)

The music consuming public reacted angrily when it discovered that the two men known as the pop group "Milli Vanilli" contributed nothing to the creation or performance of 'their' music. Court cases attacked the duplicity perpetrated by the two and the record company. Public reaction came only in this case, even though similar instances crop up throughout the history of broadcasting. Through surveys of a sample audience, and interviews with music industry personnel, a theory is divined which explains this selective application of scruples and which outlines some of the major forces in the overall model of mass communication. The public was confronted with Milli Vanilli while also being inundated with the exposure ridden sensationalist tabloid press. This, compounded with an economic recession, and a glut of lawyers, has engendered the concept that everyone is in some way a victim. This empowered the individuals to pursue monetary gain where in the past no such a course would have been followed. ------------------- not my best writing, but it was years ago...if you are interested in this work or my resources and citations, email me at and I can email the whole document or parts of it. True, no purple cover and binding, but still...


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