Western culture has infiltrated all corners of globe. Even in Iran, where government officials went to great lengths to preserve their cultural autonomy, pop music created for an Iranian audience is written in English. The identity of Muslim youth is repeatedly combated by examples of Western, English speaking cultural symbols.
[...] This drive came, largely, from the youth population who sought a greater worldview, as they were hungry for different sounds and genres. Youth are often the driving force in a social movement, this is example is no different. As the Middle East is proving each day, cultures do not have to be afraid to lose themselves by allowing for foreign inclusion in cultural tools. Works Cited Bill, James, A., Chavez, Rebecca Bill. Politics of Incoherence: The United States and the Middle East.” Middle East Journal, Vol No (Autumn, 2002), pp. 562-575. [...]
[...] Youth culture in the Middle East is corrupted. It is not purely Middle Eastern because it is permeated so deeply by outside factors. “Young people live on the periphery of the established social order, which means that their capacity both for integration and for involvement with traditional parties and unions is weakened.” Consequently, before they have been ingrained with thoughts of their own regional superiority (superior to that of the West or of other foreign nations,) people of an adolescent age are more likely to adopt aspects of foreign culture into their own art forms. [...]
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