Panel Discussion Prompt: Conservatism in popular authenticity

 


Hugh Barker and Yuval Taylor suggest in their book Faking It: The Quest for Authenticity in Popular Music that "At times, the need to 'keep it real' has limited the kinds of music that musicians aspire to make and that critics and listeners appreciate." They point to genres like rockabilly, disco, and bubblegum, which at times have been either dismissed or roundly scorned. This points perhaps to a kind of conservatism inherent in certain notions of authenticity. Does this kind of conservatism — manifest either in adherence to conventions, or in response to a cultural imperative to “keep it real” — affect designers and the expectations of design audiences?