Comments: Does Music Contribute?

M,

I was taken in by your post today. As an aspiring teacher to be, I have found it more than a little disturbing how capable music is of influencing "the younger generation" - add to that the popularity of music sites that offer free downloads, and you've got 12 year old girls running around singing Missy Elliot's "Work It" without giving a second thought to announcing they're going to "shave their chochas". The effect is even more pronounced on the young men at the middle school, especially with the popularity of channels like MTV and BET on the military base here. Glad you wrote about this.

Posted by Alex at April 7, 2004 03:49 AM

poker me up

Posted by poker me up at December 30, 2004 02:12 PM

People like you frighten me. Images in music and art are reflections of our society, not exhortations for the masses to act upon. There will always be those troubled souls searching for some sort of justification for their violent nature. Believe me, if musicians weren't around to blame, these folks would be finding another "explanation" for their psychosis. Who knows? Maybe they would be saying that Jesus made them do it. (the Crusades????)

The images that these icons promote appeals to young masses simply because they are human -- and young adults. Sex speaks to them, because their sexual identities are just coming into being. They glorify violence because they are conflicted inside, and regardless of what they might say, all human beings feel angry and violent at times. Better that these young people seek their release vicariously through these musical artists.

I understand the need to look toward pop culture as the problem, but I believe there are worse demons in the world. How many are killed by war each day? How many women are subjugated throughout the world, and even in our own country through domestic violence? Why are there such racial and cultural divides in our society? Artists, poets and musicians (at least, I believe, the great majority) produce some truthful messages...ones that uncluttered minds embrace.

Posted by Judy at March 25, 2005 09:33 PM

I agree with you about the way you view the issue. I remember, long time ago, Jack London said something like "Everything positive has a negative side; everything negative has a positive side." I also find it interesting to see different points of views and learn useful things in the discussion.

Posted by: Richard Hill at May 17, 2005 08:59 AM

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