Music Today: Entertainment or Influence to Murder? Essay

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Music Today: Entertainment or Influence to Murder?
Teen violence, murder, suicide; they seem to be becoming more and more rampant everyday. The media, as well as concerned, angry parents, look everywhere to find someone to blame for these tragedies. Their fingers are pointed in the direction of many music entertainers. Artists and performers are being badgered everyday for their lyrics and image they create for their fans. Can music really influence someone to acts of violence? Maybe, to the mentally unstable or uneducated. Is music at fault for these acts of violence? Absolutely not. It cannot be blamed for the crimes of obvious psychotic adolescents. The music business, mainly “death” metal, has been said to be at fault for major
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The parents of the young girl also tried suing the record companies, but the courts also threw out the case. Whether Howell was watching Bambi or a Marilyn Manson video, this psychotic teen would have acted in such violence because that is what their mind was set on doing. But the parents are still fighting to stop the records from being sold.
Parents of the victims are trying to sensor the lyrics or ban the albums of such “satanic” bands from being sold. They believe the sale to young audiences must be observed much closer, because such albums can influence these young listeners to violence or murder (Temple, 1). Can these bands really affect the way people act? Courts in all these cases dismiss the lawsuits against bands and record companies. The courts agree that the lyrics are obscene and disgusting, but they must follow the first amendment law. These bands have the right to say and write lyrics they believe are appropriate. Just because an obviously mentally unstable youth can misinterpret the idea of the song cannot take away the band’s freedom to speak out their emotions through song. Instead of parents telling everyone else to more carefully monitor their children, they should try taking a shot at good parenting themselves.
Parents of the victims and an angry public are doing whatever they can to inform other parents of the obscene lyrics in the music their children listen to. A Texas group are offering “Marilyn Manson Awareness Training”
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