Music is not just music, or just a source of entertainment; rather music is “a major force and presence in contemporary American adolescence” (Christenson and Roberts 11). Besides the belief that music is just music, another popular belief is that, “Nobody pays attention to lyrics” (Christenson and Roberts 7). This assumption is not completely true or false. Lyrics are often learned accidentally during the listening experience, but almost every adolescent has a favorite song that he or she can recite word for word. Therefore, whether the learning of the lyrics is intentional or not, adolescents do learn
Has it ever occurred to you that this generation tries to search for the next best thing? Is it like a business man try to look for the next best thing that everyone is buying? I mean if other people do it and there perfectly fine doing it we assume that we could do it and we think we will be just fine as well. Take those examples and try to use it with music. Do you think that what we listen to can affect us in any way or not? Maybe and maybe not, but some of us tend to get influenced by what they put into their heads. Not everything that we see or do can import negative thought or feelings, but listening is a part of that category as well. Therefore, what these artists are trying to do is trying to use a rhetorical device to tell us that
Today, in the 1990's, citizens in our society are being bombarded with obscene material from every direction. From the hate lyrics of Gun's 'N Roses to the satanic lyrics of Montley Crue and Marilyn Manson to the sexually explicit graphical content of today's movies, the issue is how much society is going to permit and where we, as a society, should we draw the line. The freedom of speech has always been considered a right, but that doesn't mean that you can shout, "Fire!" in a crowded movie theater. The real question is whether such material is harmful or dangerous to our society.
In today’s society, music controls the way we live our lives. The influence that music has on society has broadened throughout the years and with social media being one of the world’s top priority, the fan base and spectrum for music in general has expanded significantly. Music is used to express feelings, moods, circumstances, experiences, knowledge, and so much more. With this being the case, the lyrics of any song can be interpreted differently by each and every listener. Many song lyrics give positive messages, promoting well-being, whiles others give negative messages, promoting violence, criminal behaviors, sexual contents, and disrespect towards others. With this being said, music reflects what the public demands, and in many cases the negative messages are often times what sells more than those music giving positive messages.
So overall, Music has it’s own particular area of censorship which is unique and flawed in it’s own way. Although there have been some more recent changes in music to support the freedom of artists, the past has been condemning and rough for artists to easily “express,” themselves through their
Although is clearly states in the first amendment that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances," censorship in America still exists in a big way. "Music censorship is the term used to describe the act of editing, altering, or preventing the listener from hearing the music as the artist created it in order to either deny certain information or to act as a moral gatekeeper of potentially harmful material" (http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/~barndollar/courses/spring98/students/fabfive/index.html). The Censorship of
Frequent topics of debate in our country pertain to our rights according to the constitution. Namely, freedom of speech and expression is often cause for controversy.
For example, radio censorship is pointless due to its inability to obstruct the character of a song. Individuals are able to understand the context of a bleeped or morphed song. This ability within radio listeners overrules the censorship, leaving its attempt to clean up the song futile. When radio stations censor songs they are highlighting the inappropriateness of a song. This is contradictive to the purpose of radio censorship. Lady GaGa’s “Poker Face” is banned from radio play due to the lyrics, “I want to take a ride on your disco stick” (Morrison). Neither violence nor obscenities are depicted through these lyrics. Lady GaGa’s lyrics were interpreted as a metaphor for sex. Censorship laws do not consider the subjective nature of words such as “obscene” and “inappropriate” (Rivera). A statement made by
Music has been the cure to many people's bad days.But on the other hand,some not.Music has been around for decades and has become popular now.Not everyone proud of the censored/uncensored music their making now and are in an disagreemnet about some people wanting music being banned.Music has become offensive to many parents and their children.However,the offensive music is affecting the way teens talk and dress,promote violence, and causing students to be unfocused in school.Muisc should be banned because it would give an positive outcomeon behavior,language,and paying attention in school.
Humans have been expressing their feelings through different forms of art. Some artist express their thoughts through writing and others through music. When you hear a song do do you really think about the meaning of the song? I am almost sure you answered no to the above question. Through music, artist have been able to express their ideas about issues that have happened around the world. Some include poverty, racism, and others about violence. Through this song created by Mark Foster, Jacob Fink, and Mark Pontius they have been able to express their feeling about violence.
Whenever a person turns on the news, they can always find out that something bad has happened or is happening in the world. Issues such as racism, sexism, and police brutality are problems that has happened in the past and are still a big issue in today’s society. Imagine if a random person is getting attacked on the street but they are unable to scream for help because they have no voice. Most people in today’s society, feel that when they are getting attacked by somebody being racist, sexist, getting attacked by the police, etc. that they have no “voice” to speak up and make a change on a situation. Songwriters uses their songs to voice their opinions on issues that effects their lives or the people around them.
(Merriam-Webster Dictionary).Therefore, music censorship can be insinuated as the attempt to suppress or change any part of music that seems harmful, offensive or immoral for the society. Throughout the growth of music within the industry, most of it is met with a dispute. Elvis Presley’s dance moves, Bach's complex harmonies and counterpoints, Jazz, and Rock ˜n' Roll have all been met with opposition that it has had to face and arise from. Similarly, today's adaptation to music has been both misinterpreted and misunderstood especially rap and
In today’s society music has turned into one of the most influential factors of socialization in children and youth. Young audiences are constantly exposed to popular music through various radio stations, internet websites, and technology. Since popular music has been making a notable impact on young generations, the government has put into place the censorship of music. Censorship is the alteration of ideas or lyrics in music that are deemed unsuitable for public hearing. Music that sends messages against moral norms of society are subject to get censored when getting aired on radio stations or sold in stores. Everyday people are exposed to the censorship of music especially when listening to music on the radio. Censorship takes effect every time a word or phase gets bleeped out or removed from a song. A national debate between artists and government has become a real issue of whether music should be censored or not. On one hand, artists have the rights to freely express themselves through music. In opposition, the government can censor music that has any philosophical objections in its meaning. Artist may feel a challenge in boundaries when it comes to writing and publishing music since they have to abide by many laws, or accept that their music will be modified. As a teenager that listens to a variety of different music, I can see why censorship has to take place, however I do sympathize with artist that may feel artistically blocked. I also
Music has changed a great deal since the first melody was discovered, and to this day music is still very influential . In such situation, lyrics cound potentially hold words that are not seen as clean, so do we censor any sort of bad language or let todays artist pursue what ever content they choose.