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    Should government censor music. Is it effective, to me it seems that the more you censor something the more certain people want to be exposed to it simply because it is censored.

    Most of those who are of the opinion to let government help regulate the entertainment industries take the all too familiar tragic occurrence at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado as proof of their position. On April 20, 1999, two students interred the school and killed twelve other students, a teacher, and then themselves, and set the media and the entertainment worlds ablaze. The two killers were said by their peers to be avid fans of Marilyn Manson, and were even said to almost idolize him. Marilyn Manson is an accused shock-rocker who has been described by the music press as an "ultra-violent satanic rock monstrosity".

    There have also been several other reports of teenage killers who have been big fans of the rocker. Thurston High School student Kip Kinkell, who murdered his parents and two students in Springfield, Ohio, was said to be a listener of Marilyn Manson. In Edinboro, Pennsylvania, Andrew Wurst killed a teacher at his eighth-grade dance. In Pearl, Mississippi, Luke Woodham murdered his parents and a classmate. All of these kids were heavy listeners of Marilyn Manson.

    People are using the increase in violence among children as proof that violent-themed music is causing a change for the worse in kids and young adults today. It appears to me that this is a case in which people want to blame someone or something, and he is the easiest and most obvious choice. An easy assumption, but it is just that, an assumption. When asked for proof, as has occurred in recent years, various reports are mentioned that supposedly have scientific proof of the correlation between the increase in violence and violence in music.

    A recent article by the American Medical Association was quoted as saying "the link between media violence and real life violence has been proven by science time and again". How can the American Medical Association have jurisdiction over the music industry and say what its product effects? Music has nothing to do with medicine. Psychology, maybe, but definitely not medicine.

    A vast majority of media publications refer to these reports, but never give the information to find the reports themselves. This to me is no coincidence. Every article that I have read in my research has quoted lines out of context in an effort to emotionally sway the reader. Out of context of the feeling of the songwriter, not of the lyric. First of all, songwriters write for themselves. Even with more songwriters today openly saying that they like being rock stars for the money, they began writing for themselves. Even if they didn't get paid to write, they would still write. Therefore their songs are representations of their mood and thoughts at the time.

    Every person has their own deep dark thoughts that would shock others, and they keep them intensely private. However some choose to express them in their lyrics, but they are still just words. The problem comes when people fail to realize this. The problem also comes when people have to be spoon-fed their thoughts, because they can't form an opinion for themselves. People today need a mind of their own. I say that people need to blame themselves for the things they do. People need to stop avoiding the issues of personal integrity and respect. People need to pressure parents to raise their kids in such a way as to teach these things to them.

    A few decades ago, Elvis was thought of by many as the devil. They thought that his dancing was too sexually explicit for the young girls of the day to be seeing. Led Zeppelin was thought of in much the same way. Today, Elvis is considered a "king", and Led Zeppelin is considered to be one of the most influential bands of all time.

    Today's society harshly criticizes artists, and even go as far as calling them satanic. Countless social problems dealing with youth were and are blamed on music. The trend is sadly spreading to other nations as well. French rapper NTM was arrested for so called offenses against "public authority" in 1996. In Pakistan, a popular rock group called Junoon has been repeatedly banned because of the content of their lyrics. Nigerian Afrobeat artist Fela Kuti was regularly imprisoned. His son now leads his Movement Against Second Slavery (Naylor).

    There is evidence of what is happening. Strauss Zelnick, the head of BMG Entertainment, has said that the Federal Trade Commission's survey shows that seventy-four percent of parents are satisfied with the current system of parental advisory stickers, which warn parents of explicit lyrics. If the people supposedly need their entertainment screened for their own good, then why do so many of them say that they are satisfied with the current limited form of warning labels? Why does the government want to increase the level of censorship, when the people say that they like the current level?

    The incident at the Woodstock '99 Festival in rural New York is another attempted example of violent actions and violent music. On the last day of the festival, the crowd was whipped into a frenzy consisting of burning cars and speakers and people dancing naked among the flames. Ironically, the band playing at the time was the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who were naked except for a sock, which covered their male anatomies. Even more ironic is the fact that they were doing a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Fire". Five hundred riot police were called in. Later that evening, Limp Bizkit stirred the spectators into an even greater frenzy. The mob eventually destroyed the entire park. Many had the nerve to say that it was the actions and words of Limp Bizkit that caused the actions of the crowd. This is also the same festival that had five-dollar hamburgers, two and a half-dollar cokes, and unsanitary toilets of which were few and far between. Again, an example of using the first and most obvious scapegoat that is available.
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    Yes, our children ahve "virgin ears"
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  • #2
    The only thing that should EVER be censored is profanity from an individual/group in a crowd at a leader's speech
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    Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
    I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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    • #3
      How about this:


      Lost Children Of Babylon - The 911 Report The Ultimate Conspiracy

      Its actually pretty decent, if not a little looney.
      I LOVE YOU ZIDANE! HURRAH FOR THE MOTHER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO YOU!

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      • #4
        it's garbage, but if people want to rot away their brains listening to it and waste their money on it go for it
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        Originally posted by kEgBeGgEr
        I don't have a problem with gays, in fact I wouldn't mind sharing a room with one

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        • #5
          Censorship is a good thing.

          All reactionary and degenerate art, eg. Satan worshipping music, Abstract art, religious propaganda, etc. should be censored in any decent society.

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          • #6
            i believe in freedom of speech in music and anything else but in the wise words of my man Ice-T:

            "Freedom of Speech, that's some motherfuckin' bullshit
            You say the wrong thing, they'll lock your ass up quick"

            "Censor records, TV, school books too
            And who decides what's right to hear? You?"

            "Say what we feel, yell out what's real
            Even though it may not bring mass appeal
            Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine
            If you don't like what I'm sayin'? Fine But don't close it, always keep an open mind
            A man who fails to listen is blind
            We only got one right left in the world today
            Let me have it or throw The Constitution away"


            bottom line is that they're saying they're protecting the public from violent music or even Television and video games,or
            whatever.But what they're really trying to do is shut off our access to information itself.They're scared of the truth
            Originally posted by Tone Riggz
            Akon has dry humped a teenage girl, tossed a kid off stage...i think for his next feat, he should diamond cutter Tito Jackson...

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            • #7
              Originally posted by | K Y L E |
              Censorship is a good thing.

              All reactionary and degenerate art, eg. Satan worshipping music, Abstract art, religious propaganda, etc. should be censored in any decent society.
              I hate Communist drones....

              Man their boring peasants...

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              • #8
                Originally posted by | K Y L E |
                Censorship is a good thing.

                All reactionary and degenerate art, eg. Satan worshipping music, Abstract art, religious propaganda, etc. should be censored in any decent society.

                It's no wonder the best Black Metal bands come from the Netherlands, they hate oppressive faggots like you.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Drunk Monkey
                  I hate Communist drones....
                  Man their boring peasants...
                  Actually they're wannabe peasants (well, at least at this board).

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                  • #10
                    The current laws are good.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by | K Y L E |
                      Censorship is a good thing.

                      All reactionary and degenerate art, eg. Satan worshipping music, Abstract art, religious propaganda, etc. should be censored in any decent society.
                      lol wtf
                      aReGee

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                      • #12
                        Anybody Remembers Gorky Park, they overcame Soviet censorship..




                        They are pretty much all the rock i listen to along with santana and queen.
                        I LOVE YOU ZIDANE! HURRAH FOR THE MOTHER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO YOU!

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                        • #13
                          Kyle, by abstract art do you mean this:



                          Does that represent capitalism?
                          I LOVE YOU ZIDANE! HURRAH FOR THE MOTHER THAT GAVE BIRTH TO YOU!

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                          • #14
                            Post a link for the article.
                            http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/

                            “if somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him” (Bukhari, vol. 4, bk. 52, no. 260).

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