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SHORT BLOG POST ABOUT ROCK IN THE 1960’Screate individual blog entries that address the relationship between mainstream media and the counterculture. Eachstudent must post at least two entries for this project: the first,which must be at least 250 words, should be based on the followingquestions; and the second, which must be approximately 50 words, shouldrespond to the comments of other students in the group. Feel free todraw from the lectures as well as the listening, reading, and videoassignments, but these posts should reflect your own critical assessmentof the topic–in other words, treat the following question as a promptfor a stimulating and well-informed discussion.Whydo you think American hippies and British ‘freaks’ were attracted toaspects of Indian classical music and Eastern spirituality? From yourperspective, what distinguishes appropriation and exploitation of acultural practice in contemporary society? respond to ONE of these posts in at least 50 words:1. One thing we can tell for certain is that American Hippies andBritish ‘freaks’ did not necessarily fit in to their own society whenthey first appeared. So what they decided to do was to essentially starttheir own culture and own identity which drew them to things such asIndian cultural music and Eastern spirituality. They knew they were setapart from typical culture and they embraced that and they foundsomething unique they could call their own in a society that more orless looked down on them. It gave them a way to express themselveswithout anyone else’s approval by appreciating other cultures.People can argue that it was possible they were appropriating theIndian/Eastern culture by doing this but I don’t believe that is thecase. In this case I think they were appreciating a culture that was nottheir own. To appropriate culture more often than not comes offinsensitive to the culture they are representing. There are manyexamples of this such as the Washington Redskins, Cleveland Indians,Atlanta Braves, and Kansas City Chiefs who all have mascots thatrepresent different Native American tribes and people in their mascots.This would be appropriation. Listening to music and diving into aculture to learn about it and understand it is appreciation and that iswhat the American Hippies and British ‘freaks’ were doing when theydecided to more or less abandon their own culture and society. Manypeople do not understand the difference when it comes to appropriationand appreciation but when you do something like name a sports team afterNative Americans when you never were a part or even tried to understandtheir culture, then that is appropriation. 2. Inmy opinion, I believe that American hippies and British “freaks” wereattracted to aspects of Indian classical music and Eastern spiritualitybecause they felt as if they could not relate to the rest of society andbelieved that there were many differences between them. It could havealso been a new way for them to express themselves in customs they werenot able to do before or had been previously exposed to. During thistime in history, psychedelic drugs such as LSD were heavily used. Areasoning for their attraction to Indian classical music could be thatit made them feel a certain way while on these drugs and created apleasant experience. In my opinion, cultural appropriation is when anindividual from one culture takes something from another culture thatcomes off as being insensitive. A popular example of this would be anindividual whom is not native American wearing or using something sacredfrom another culture such as a Native American headdress. This hasactually happened with the Washington Redskins. This NFL team has beenaccused of cultural appropriation because of their mascot, which happensto be an American Indian wearing a headdress. Lots of situationsregarding cultural appropriation happen on Halloween where individualsdress up as geishas, Native Americans, gypsies, and more. While peoplemay claim that they are not doing these things in intent to beinsensitive towards these cultures, it does not change the fact thatthey are participating in cultural appropriation, which is a verysensitive topic for many. On the other hand, when someone is actuallyinterested in learning more about another culture in hopes of gaining abetter perspective and connection, I consider this to be culturalappreciation.3. The reason why American Hippies and British ‘freaks’ were sofascinated by Indian classical music was because they wanted toseperate themselves from the mainstream culture. The appreciation forIndian classical music came about during the counterculture movement inthe 1960s, when people like George Harrison and Ravi Shankar broughtattention to the culture and music. To the American hippies and British’freaks,’ the sounds and instruments were unheard of, making it uniqueand attractive. They were also fascinated by their spirituality, such asThe Beatles, who took a trip to India for spiritual enlightenment. There is a major difference between cultural appreciation andcultural appropriation. Cultural appreciation is when an individual iswilling or wanting to learn more about a culture to broaden theirperspective, while cultural appropriation is taking a part of a cultureand using it for your own self interest, whether it be a symbol, articleof clothing, etc. In our society today, I often see culturalappropriation with celebrities, such as Ariana Grande. She got a tattoothat was supposed to say ‘7 Rings,’ a title of one of her top hits,which actually translated to ‘BBG grill.’ She also sold merchandise likesweatshirts that said ‘Thank You’ in Japanese, which have been takendown from her website due to cultural appropriation. I myself amJapanese, and I always found it strange that Americans would get tattoosin Kanji without knowing the proper translation or understanding of thelanguage in order to get a ‘cool’ and ‘exotic’ looking tattoo. However,a person who appreciates the culture and understands the languagehaving a tattoo in Kanji would be appropriate. 4. Ithink American hippies and British Freaks were attracted to aspects ofIndian classical music and Eastern spirituality because it was a way forthem to be different than the mainstream music at the time. I thinkthat being a part of the start of a new movement is something thatpeople find very interesting. For example, being at the forefront of anew clothing trend is something that many people take pride in. I haveseen this in the past with shoes. One of my friends bought a pair of PFFlyers, and soon after it seemed many of my other friends alsopurchased the shoe. This came with the argument of who started thetrend.Inmy perspective, I think appropriation and exploitation of a culturalpractice in contemporary society is distinguished by the context inwhich people refer to the culture. For example, I think that a footballteam using a derogatory term for Native Americans as their mascot is aform of appropriation. However,I believe that if someone were to visit a Native American reservoir inhopes of learning the practices of the culture, it is not appropriation,but rather an appreciation for the culture. Another example ofappropriationis using other people’s religious beliefs as a form of style. I knowmany people think getting Tribal tattoos are ‘trendy’ and ‘cool’ but Isee this as a way of making fun of their culture. If someone whoactually practices the Tribal religion gets the tattoo, I do not believethat is appropriation.

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