Debate:Does modern music negatively influence children

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A lot of conservative media claims that modern music is negatively influencing and corrupting children and teenagers. But does it really? And to what extent? MrGrieves 06:33, 20 June 2008 (EDT)


No, I don't think so. I know that I, as an older teenager, listen to a lot of the bands that conservatives condemn, such as Rammstein, System of a Down and a lot of other heavy metal bands. Yes I think there are problems when musicians seem to be advocating immoral behaviour in their music or lifestyles, but I think that most bands only advocate behavoiur that conservatives see as immoral, rather then us liberals, so its often a matter of opinion or perception. So mayb youths are being "corrupted" from a conserative christian POV but from a liberal POV its just life. In that case its up the parents to be responsible about what they want their children hearing. Bolly 10:41, 23 June 2008

Define a 'negative influence'. Anything can be defined as a negative influence. I could argue Republicans are a bad influence; after all, they encourage views outside my own, and therefore offend me. Suggesting listening to hip-hop will make me kill gang members, or that katy perrys song mentioned below will make me 'experiment' are ridiculous.


Yes... *nods nods*. I usually drive a bit faster when listening to anything 160bpms or higher--though I never exceed 70 MPH on a major highway; speed limit = 65 MPH. Also, when I don't listen to music, I tend to pay more attention.
Just an example:
A rising female musician--not saying the name, but it's easy to guess--promotes "experimenting" in one of her songs. The song can easily become stuck in your head. The listener can begin to question, "Hmm, I wonder what that would be like?" Life continues... "the environment forms the creature" and the listener could possibly answer her question.
Nate 20:51, 22 June 2008 (EDT)
Well first off, I don't see how experimenting is bad. Maybe if the listener has no idea how to practice safe sex due to their government-run schools not telling them anything but "OMG DONT HAVE SECKS OMG", causing them to do something stupid....but, uh...I digress. At any rate, I think that if someone, say, kills people because a Slayer song told them to, then that person already had a bit of a mental....issue. Or issues. Honestly, I think this hooplah about music causing kids to kill is just another example of dissasociating blame. --GunnerRecall 17:09, 17 August 2008 (EDT)
My school taught: "We suggest you practice safe sex... don't rape anyone." They also showed us teenagers some pretty disgusting STI videos, along with describing childbirth. "(Premarital) Sex is disgusting" became my life-belief... and it still is my belief.
There was a study/experiment done with 72 lab mice. I suggest you read just the first article ^.^ Natebecause people listen to what I say? 17:16, 17 August 2008 (EDT)

"My favoite color is red, like the blood shed; from Kurt Cobain's head, when he shot himself dead; Women all grabbin at my shishkabob; Bought Lauryn Hill's tape so her kids could starve (I can't stand white people!); You thought I was livid, now I'm even more so; S*** I got full blown AIDS and a sore throat. .... I wanna make songs all the fellas dub; And murder every rich rapper that I'm jealous of; So just remember when I bomb your set; Yo, I only cuss to make your mom upset." - Eminem, "Cum on Everybody". I believe I have made my point. NewCrusader 18:13, 17 August 2008 (EDT)

Of course. How can it not? As the above poster demonstrated, modern music, especially rap, pumps out obscenities ten dozen a minute. You'd almost be more justified letting a six year old watch SAW. Dford 12:31, 30 May 2010 (EDT)