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Music should unite people (Editorial)

Artificial Intelligence takes away from one of the most important aspects of music that unites people—human emotion
Skylar Whalen
Music has its own unique fingerprint.

Editorials are articles written by a publication’s editors to express a shared opinion or discuss a topic editors think needs more attention. These articles are meant to persuade readers and to promote critical thinking while sometimes encouraging people to take action.

In today’s society, our daily life has become heavily dependent on technology. We don’t leave our homes or even our beds without our smartphones in hand or pocket. We have even eliminated the shopping experience and malls because commerce is conducted mostly online

A new surge in technology involves Artificial Intelligence (AI). We have heard teachers address students’ use of AI for schoolwork completion. There are even changes in administration to combat this AI plagiarism epidemic, such as teachers being encouraged to use websites to detect any AI use in essays and other writing.

With this in mind, the fact that AI is being substituted for genuine work in school, how will art be impacted? More specifically music? 

Great art comes out of great suffering. Vincent van Gogh once said, “Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside of me.” Van Gogh is known for his beautiful pieces of art. One of his most recognizable pieces is “The Starry Night,” which he painted in the midst of an insane asylum—full of emotion and pain.

Music has united generations of people through its soul and connection to different human conditions. AI creates its “art” based on an algorithm of finding commonalities in human works. The thing is, the “True Greats” in music didn’t become great because their music was just like everyone else’s. They became great because their art was able to connect with different people and unite them. They were great because true music should have a soul. It should be human made.

AI follows a clear footprint. Legends, like the Beatles, Queen, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Louis Armstrong, Ms. Lauryn Hill—you get the point—they didn’t follow a footprint. They are the footprint. True music is human-made, and that’s something that can’t be artificially produced.

Music has soul, and AI takes away the power to unite under music.

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Skylar Whalen, Editor-in-Chief

Skylar Whalen is a senior. She is this year's editor-in-chief. Skylar enjoys painting, singing, and playing softball. She is a huge animal lover and works with dogs outside of school. Skylar plays competitive softball and hopes to play in college. She is excited to help other writers succeed and grow. Skylar can’t wait to work with new people and produce engaging stories for the community around her. She also enjoys having the excuse to write about herself in third person and make her seem interesting.

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