Music To Violence: Does Music Directly Relate To Teen Violence?

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Their status as a celebrity further serves to glamorize their violent lifestyle (Baker, 2000, p. 2). DMX is a prime example of terrible role modeling. He is a well known and broadly accepted rapper and actor. Target ages for his popularity start at 12 and go through 24. DMX was arrested on June 5th, 2004, after he and another man attempted to burglarize a vehicle at Kennedy airport. After police searched his home they found a pipe for smoking “crack,” a pistol, and 13 pit bulls. DMX pleaded guilty to animal cruelty, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia in that case (“Rapper DMX Arrested”, 2004, p. 1). Society readily criticizes teenagers today for the crimes and debaucheries that they are guilty of today, when it is their role models that should be blamed. Rap music continues to drag down the morals of youth in today’s society.
“Kill Em’ All,” “Gimme Back My Bullets,” “Highway To Hell,” and “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.” All of these titles are albums of popular rock and roll artists of the past and present (Decurtis &Henke, 1992, pp. 191, 179, 3, 307). From hidden messages to straightforward hate lyrics, rock and roll continues to corrupt the minds of teenagers everywhere. What Entertainment executives and teenagers who argue that Rock music is “just music” do not take into account is that most human learning is incidental in nature and takes place outside of designated educational settings (O’Toole, 1997, p. 2). In several studies, researchers have found that rock music videos laced with violent images made youthful male viewers more hostile in their orientation toward women and more likely to overlook violence in themselves and others (O’Toole, p. 5). According to O’Toole, “Rock and Roll music alters and intensifies teenagers moods, furnishes much of their slang, dominates their conversations, and provides the ambiance at their social gatherings” (p. 2). Ro View More »

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