It is the children who are committing acts of violence. Music is meant to incite emotion and convey meaning not to cause violence. Teenage Violence is a problem that plagues America?s children. Suicide and School Shootings are two of the most visible and horrid forms of violence displayed by American children. Many parents have been quick to blame this violence on the music that violent children listen to.
The most common acts of violence committed are armed shootings and rape, many of which are commonly committed by teens and young children from urban cities living with poor family values. According o Senator Dole, “… The loss of family values is caused by the moral corruption of popular culture, and therefore we should hold rap artists, Hollywood moguls, and record executives responsible for our moral chaos.” (Maker) Poor family values and influences from rap and hip-hop music may also tend to lead the young teen or child to commit acts of violence such as armed shooting and rape. “Our kids have adapted the gangs... ... middle of paper ... ...an image that all women are just looking for sex. If you though that song lyrics are bad, the song titles are just as worse. Most song titles are very extreme and have deeper meanings to it.
Television has become part of everyday life. With the growing fixation and attraction to violence in the media, children in today’s society are becoming more violent and aggressive than ever before. However, to obtain a true understanding of this problem we must look at all aspect that cause violence, and not just put all of the blame on the media. Nevertheless, we shouldn’t forget the number one violence causing aspect, the media. America was founded upon violence; and we have always been a society of power and control.
Media Violence: A Negative Influence on Young People A massive amount of violence is being displayed in the media and has become harder to avoid. Violence is everywhere. We experience it in various ways, such as rap music, television, or first person shooter video games. We hear rap music and remember the vicious lyrics. We constantly watch celebrities commit crime on television and observe people being slaughtered multiple times a day.
The media and entertainment play a very crucial role in our perception of violence in society. Exposure to violence in the media, including television, movies, music, and video games helps us construct our own perspective on violence. According to Joel Best, his theory on random violence states that random violence and violence, in general, is patternless, pointless, and leads to the deterioration of society. Many examples can be given from national and international media coverage on various random violence acts. There are many sides to the debate about whether or not violence in the media affects us and how prevalent it is in our society.
Violence is an extensive problem throughout our world, but media violence is one of our greatest complications. Media violence has had a substantial impact on the lives of today’s adolescence. There always seems to be some type of violence being administered out into the media. There has been a heavy amount of research done on media violence to determine if it influences children to be aggressive or show violent behavior. “Research on violent television and films, video games, and music reveals unequivocal evidence that media violence increases the likelihood of aggressive and violent behavior in both immediate and long-term contexts” (Anderson).
sang a song, “F_ _k the Police” in 1988. This song expressed hatred and violence towards police. The words, “Beat the police outta shape, When I’m finished, it’s gonna be a bloodbath, of cops, dying in L.A., Put in my clip, it all depends on the size of the gat.” This song depicted images of gangs, guns, and violence, yet it became very popular. These violent lyrics in songs can be a trigger for some teenagers to start fights, even kill others. Teens can act violent like their role model listening to and singing along with the lyrics.
''Rappers call on their fans to kill, dismember, and smash the heads of teachers, and dumb cops (Peter Viles, ''Bulgaria's racist rap.'' World Press Review June 1996: Page 41).'' The entire world is affected by this reoccurring theme, since adolescents are influenced by music on a daily basis. Although almost everyone is directly affected, some people do not admit to profane music having a personal influence. ''People perceive media content to have greater impact on others than on themselves.''
The next section would be “Pop Music and Moral Panic”. This relates to how adults were shocked by themes that were becoming mainstream, through music; themes like sex, drugs, violence and self loathing. Parents though that since their children listened to music that they would try to copy the activities singers/bands wrote about. The last section carries the deepest meaning and really sums up most of what the article is trying to say. The phrase, “In the Age of Marilyn Manson” carries two meanings.
These concepts will demonstrate how the recent Santa Barbara Shooting is a major media event that reflects a familiar narrative through which social reality is shaped and social issues addressed. Firstly, Cultivation theory suggests that heavy television exposure encourages a world of ideas that is consistent and biased toward reality, or what culture perceives as reality, as depicted in the media. While at first being used and depended on to draw a crowd, violence has since been practiced as an ongoing theme in many different forms of communication. Today, in a world where media content is saturated with violence, Gerbner’s theory explains why this has become such a recognised event. News on crime and violence is being used as a powerful tool for political discourse, strengthening existing sociocultural norms and fuelling the economic power of media conglomerates.