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)

Your point is that this song has lyrics that contain profane things? This whole argument is pointless because no matter what, you can't censor everything. Nor should you. There is no point. If a person will react strongly to music, they will react strongly to other things as well. Stupid people will do stupid things, die, then then the world is smarter as a whole.