Monday, July 9, 2012

Music is good for language learning... and for indoctrination

"If a newsreader tells you something five or six times you get bored. If you like the song you don't get quite so bored."

—Professor Keith Howard of London's School of Oriental and African Studies, speaking about the use of music in Kim Jong-un's cult of personality in North Korea

Apparently one of the same things that makes music useful for language learning—i.e., that you can listen to the same thing a lot without getting bored—also makes it useful for indoctrination.