Essay about Affects of Music
Why would the media have mentioned the type of music that the killers listen to whether or not it was not contributing it to the shooting?
The answer is simple: moral panic. The moral panic term, originally put together by sociologist Stanley Cohen, simply means a reaction to something based on a perception, which, in many cases, is highly exaggerated .
As put by Manson, he believes that he represents what people are afraid of. Moral panics tend to thrive off of this. Often based from stereotypes, panics are spread thus pinpointing a specific group, often unrighteous in doing so. Since panics and fears often tend to be derived from what we are afraid of (and that is often what we’re uncomfortable with), blaming a subgroup often seems like the easiest, but not necessarily the correct, thing to do.
King, a child psychologist, "stops short of suggesting a cause and effect relationship between listening to this music and destructive behavior, he suggests that it is at least a contributing factor." The answer to whether or not music can affect a person's behavior is not a simple matter of a yes or no answer. While, yes, it is true that the criminals in the cases of Columbine and Dawson College were