In this article Richard Dyer discusses many different things but something I found interesting was the view of capitalism in disco. He points out that disco is “irredeemably capitalistic’ both in how it is produced and how it is expressed. No matter how you look at it the goal is to make money and more money. He does point out that it is produced my an industry that is capitalistic as well which I felt didn’t even need to be explained. The music industry has always been about making money and even the individuals who are in it for pleasure begin to focus more on money making in the end.
He also mentioned tow kinds of music that are set against disco – folk and rock. I didn’t really understand the point that he was trying to make here. though. I was confused, is he saying that folk and rock music are more authentic and genuine when sets against disco. If so, why is it more authentic, he says that they are “produced for the people, but by them”, is disco music not produced by people for people too? Overall, I was just confused by what he was trying to say here.
Jumping back into something I did understand or felt I understood was the issues of Cultural Production in disco. Dyer points out that disco is founded on two contradictions; production for profit and use, and regulation on the latter. Basically even though disco is produced by capitalist, it isn’t meant for capitalist in the end. They create they trends and make money from it but beyond that everything else is left up to consumers.