Communication Technology & Music

Henry Wadsworth once said, “Music is the universal language of mankind.” I find this statement to be completely true. In reference to Pew, I fall into the 80 percentile of adults whom use digital audio. People don’t have to understand the words of a song in order to enjoy it. It has also been said that people use music to learn another language.  Music helps me memorize things easier. I use my PDA as a form of gratification perspective. It is entertaining and convenient. When I listen to music it helps me relax. If I’m upset or I am feeling trapped I listen to music to help me escape from my problems –if only for a moment.

Growing up I’ve listened to music on varied devices. According to the displacement theory, the participation in new communication domain takes away from the old. I first grew up just listening to music in the car on the radio. Next I had a Walkman, which is a portable device that played cassette tapes. Later I had a portable CD player, which wasn’t that great to walk around with because the disc skipped easily. I now use an iPod Nano. Once again in reference to the displacement theory, MP3’s are taking time away from interpersonal communication, CD, radio, etc…  Ipod’s are easy to download music on and they are convenient in size so their easy to travel with.  I’ve had three different types of iPod so far. I have linked a website- – that discusses the history of the iPod and how far it has come since it first came out. I also have the convenience of my smartphone, which I downloaded apps such as Pandora so I can listen to music I chose for free and no commercials.


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Elaina Hurd

I am a senior at the University of Louisville. I am double majoring in communications and psychology. I enjoy traveling, and trying new things. I believe the key to living a fulfilled live is to be as cultured and diverse life as possible -be adventurous!

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