This study has evaluated the existence of high culture and low culture (or the lack thereof) in music journalism. The study has reduced its extent to Dagens Nyheter, analyzing an equal amount of articles regarding high culture as low culture. This is of interest due to the many ways the thinking of high and low culture can be approached, ranging from The Frankfurt school, with Adorno as the main representative, to postmodern minds such as Bauldrillard. With postmodern theorists, claiming the differences between the two genres should no longer be acknowledged, how does the journalists handle and describe these, according to for example Adorno, very different cultures?
The study has been made by using critical discourse analysis, with theories and methods from Van Dijk as the main inspiration and tool. The study also evaluates a range of different theories regarding former, and contemporary, states of how high culture and low culture, to get a glimpse of the many ways the genres can be approached.
The results of this study show that while there are notable differences in how journalists, in the analyzed articles, choose to write about high culture and popular culture, especially in the style of writing as well as the depth of the musical analysis, some popular artists seem to get more respect musically than others. While, for example, the articles about Britney Spears latest album and Lady Gagas concert had very little written about the actual music and a lot written about their personal lives, the concert review of the popular band The Last Shadow Puppets included a very deep analysis of the actual music, similar to for instance the review of the opera Don Pasquale.
It is, however, important to point out that the result of this study would deem much further research, with a much larger amount of material, in order to be sufficient for generalization in a larger social context.
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