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How to Rrespond to Society? Public Legitimation Strategies in Postmodern German Pop Song Lyrics and in French Existentialist Philosophy

Author(s): Hans W: GIESSEN

Journal: Studii de Stiinta si Cultura
ISSN 1841-1401

Volume: VIII;
Issue: 3 (30);
Start page: 63;
Date: 2012;
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Keywords: Camus | Existentialism | Individualist Anarchism | Marxism | Pop Song Lyrics | Postmodernism

Popsongs should not contradict their consumer’s general opinions as they are commercial products that ought to be bought; therefore, their texts, too, give us hints on the assumed consumer’s opinions. So an empirical analysis of German popsong lyrics since the late Seventies allows us to describe the development of public opinion, that leads from a diagnosis of society in political terms to unpolitical individual reactions. The basis as well as the cause of this development is the feeling of a loss of utopias. This, to some degree, corresponds with the existentialist’s impression of absurdity. However, existentialist philosophers (as is shown with Albert Camus) develop from an individual diagnosis to a reaction concerning society. The article discusses the differences as well as the common positions of both developments.
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