Category: Miscellaneous Thoughts

Music, Satire, and TV – Part 1

I’ve been thinking a lot about the role of music in creating or aiding narrative satire in television. The first step was trying to grasp the differences between satire, parody, and irony, terms that seem to be used interchangeably by

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Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature: Challenging the Gatekeepers

[The following was a talk given at the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship/Center for Advancement of STEM Education Nobel Panel, Bridgewater State University, November 14, 2016.] The announcement that the Nobel Prize Committee had awarded Bob Dylan the

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Do We Like Sad Music?

As reported in the New York Times,¬†a researcher with the Okanoya Emotional Information Project of the Japan Science and Technology Agency thinks we do. The study tested people’s reactions to different types of music. The researchers learned that we respond

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