The Major Causes Of Music Censorship In America

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One of the earliest instances of music censorship occurred betwen 469-399 B.C.E., when Plato and Socrates called for censorship of popular music. Thousands of years later, music censorship still affects democratic societies, like the United States. Popular music has been a driving force because of its role in shaping, critiquing, and celebrating American culture. It provides a platform that protests, calls for change and works as a strong emotional outlet. Additionally, popular music has long served as a common ground for racial divides in America, first with jazz and now with hip-hop (Humphreys, p. 6). However, ultimately, scholars recognize that popular music is really about “political and/or cultural domination” (Humphreys, p. 4) and this analysis seeks to determine the forces that undermine such domination. A major point of contention between censors and the general public lies behind the sociopolitical ideologies of opposing parties: musicians, corporations, the government, and other stakeholders. According to research, popular protest songs, “reflect the interests of lower and middle socioeconomic classes” with messages typically “against the status quo” (Humphrey, p.7). Corporations and radio conglomerates were not always willing to lend their support to such dissident, politically-charged groups. Again, it all depended on the stakeholders and their agendas. However, for groups just starting out, this posed a dangerous obstacle. Were political messages worth risking
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