Every weekday in Tehran, it is a common scene to see hundreds of worried relatives and parents flock around one of the government buildings to find out whether or not their children have been arrested for breaking the moral laws of the Islamic state. Armed with cash and real estate deeds, these parents are ready to bail their children out of jail. Moral crimes in Iran constitute acts that people in North America take for granted in their daily lives. They can range from girls wearing makeup – with defined fines for how severe the makeup-wearing is – to attending parties where there is loud music, alcohol in involved, or even worse, if members of the opposite sex are able to mingle. The moral criminals are usually arrested by the Basij force – comprised of hard-line religious men of roughly the same age as the youth they are arresting. Once released from detention, these youth are often defiant and derisive, with their only regret being the fact that they were caught.
[...] In this essay we will look at the advent of rock music in Iran, and how it is becoming something that more and more young people are engaging in, a tell- tale sign that Iran's youth are shaping a new culture, and changing the fabric of society. From this it will be clear that, the increasing use of rock music among youth in Iran is one important indicator that the culture of the new generation in Iran is changing the fabric of the nation toward a more progressive and liberal state. [...]
[...] Rock music in Iran is quickly becoming a way for the youth of Iran to proliferate their culture and progressive ideals. (Nooshin, 2005: 464). The emerging rock music movement in Iran is challenging many of the social norms that still exist there, and that have long been engrained in their society. These include collaborative ethos, expressive lyrics and an increasingly women-friendly environment, and many women are involved in the rock music movement. The collaborative ethos which is very important within Iran's youth culture might be a good indicator of the same values that make them want democratic pluralism in the country, instead of a social domain that is dominated by a single view. [...]
[...] In this essay we looked at the advent of rock music in Iran, and how it has become something that more and more young people are engaging in, a tell- tale sign that Iran's youth are shaping a new culture, and changing the fabric of society. From this it is clear that, the increasing use of rock music among youth in Iran is one important indicator that the culture of the new generation in Iran is changing the fabric of [...]
[...] Rapid expansion of communication technology and a breakdown in traditional authority have resulted in a greater role for mass media culture in the process of Iranian youth socialization. Global media sources are used by Iranian youth as a guide for the lifestyles they wish to live. They admire distant icons, and not those in their own society. International media is the food that nourishes Iranian youth culture. The lack of any institutionalized youth subculture in Iran means that counter- cultural youth live an underground existence, constantly negotiating with the official version of culture. [...]
[...] This was very significant for Iranian youth culture as it allowed for people to join become a part of it and contribute to it, in a way that had never been possible before. This has given Iran's youth, and their culture unprecedented influence and momentum. This website received over 200,000 downloads in its first month, highlighting how prevalent the rock movement is in Iran, and how strong and independent their youth culture is. (Nooshin, 2005: 470). What does this new emergence of rock music mean for Iran's young people and their culture? The emergence of rock music is synonymous with the greater changing social-climate in the country. [...]
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