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Love Genres in the Songs

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There is, in our media-obsessed modern world, one category of a stalker which appears to be quite different from the majority described above. This is the celebrity stalker phenomenon which we read about in the newspapers all the time. A recent study by Mullen et al (2009) examines a unique long-term database of materials relating to the many privacy incursions, attempted assaults and other stalker-related activities which have been recorded in relation to the British Royal Family. Unlike the other studies on a broader sample basis, this one finds that over 80% of the individuals who came under scrutiny were suffering from serious mental illness.

  Most of these events are relatively trivial in terms of the amount of violence which actually occurs, but it is important to remember that the Royal Family enjoys unprecedented levels of police protection way beyond the means of all but the super-rich and so it is impossible to tell which of these stalking or similar events might have resulted in serious or even less serious violence, had the protection not been in place. This special factor means that it is neither wise nor fruitful to include the data from this study with the others described above.

This article proves the point, however, that the phenomenon of stalking remains multi-faceted and very difficult to classify and evaluate, even after some thirty years of study in both medical and legal domains.               Returning now to the lonesome young man singing the Death Cab for Cutie song it is clear that he does fit some of the profile for stalking behaviors which have been outlined in the scientific studies above.

On one level he sounds like a harmless lovesick teenager, suffering a bad case of infatuation with a girl of his own age who does not return his offers of affection: “ You reject my advances and desperate pleas/I won’ t let you let me down so easily” . His voice is sad rather than angry, and the melody is lyrical rather than aggressive, all of which suggests that he is still, in the song, at the stage of pleading his case and begging her to pay attention to him.

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  • Pages: 11 (2750 words)
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  • Subject: Media
  • Level: Ph.D.
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