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Press release: Post 9/11 USA report

13 February 2006

’Singing in the Echo Chamber’ Music censorship in the U.S. after September 11th

New Freemuse report written by Eric Nuzum  

Publishing Date: 13 February 2006 Media contact :

   

‘As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship’

 

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, the discussion concerning the long-term impact on free expression and personal privacy became heated and intense.

Musicians have participated (directly and indirectly) in the public discourse, both through word and song. As a result of their outspoken actions, many musicians have experienced strong resistance, sometimes resulting in censorship. The new Freemuse report “Singing in the Echo Chamber written by Eric Nuzum, author of “Parental Advisory”, documents this chapter of modern American history. The title refers to the heated political discourse in American media, often enjoyed less as news and more as entertainment or sport. Instead of discussing issues in depth, several opinion makers tend to cycle through the same stories, quotes, and perspectives offered elsewhere. Analysts refer to this as the “echo chamber” of news media. As is illustrated in the new Freemuse report, this “echo chamber” — and the knee-jerk reactions it sparks — is the central cause of most current calls for censorship against musicians in the United States. The report is presented in Murfreesboro / Nashville, TN, during the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, US Branch Meeting 16–19 February 2006. Read more...

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Previous Freemuse publications: Shoot the Singer – Music censorship today’ (Zed Books, August 2004) ‘Stopping the Music’ – a video documentary on censorship during apartheid South Africa (September 2002) ‘Playing with fire’ – Fear and Self-Censorship in Zimbabwean Music (October 2001) ‘A little bit special’ – Censorship and the Gypsy Musicians of Romania (October 2001) ‘Can you stop the birds singing?’ – The Censorship of Music in Afghanistan (April 2001) Forthcoming report:   Freedom of Musical Expression in the Middle East (March/April 2006)   Read our reports Read other Freemuse publications
 
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