Music Television (Discussion)

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Types of expression

Allan contends that one can group music videos according to types of expression—separate from genres based on content. That is, genres such a rock, pop, rap, country and R&B are the most common way of grouping music videos, but cutting across those genres are certain expressive forms. Allan lists four of them:

  1. Performance - Group 1
  2. Narrative - Group 2
  3. Nonnarrative - Group 3
  4. Graphic - Group 4

Each group should find a video that exemplifies one "type of expression" and be prepared to explain how it does so. The video must be available online. No R-rated videos, please.

All groups

  1. List four ways that the Replacements' Left of the Dial breaks the conventions of the music video. Be as specific as possible and draw examples from the video.


  1. Butler, Jeremy G. Television: Visual Storytelling and Screen Culture. New York: Routledge, 2018.

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