Music's Effect on Violence
Music is an essential part of life in America today. Millions of Americans listen to recordings from a plethora of artists every day. Since the advent of Rock N' Roll, politicians, law enforcement, and several independent organizations have tried to convince America that music causes negative social impacts on youth. Of the social impacts that music is blamed for, violence is the most shocking. The assumption by the afore mentioned groups, that music causes violence in American youth, is very debatable. I firmly believe that music doesn't at all cause violence. I on the other hand, argue that music reinforces certain feelings and incites emotion in the listener as it is intended to do. Music can't be blamed
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He was found dead the next morning as the phono cartridge sat on the still revolving turntable. McCollum had reportedly been listening to the song "Suicide Solution" before retiring to his bedroom. The plaintiffs contended that this song was the "proximate cause" of the young man's actions. The song's lyrics include the phrases, "Suicide is the only way out. Don't know what it's really about" (McCollum v. CBS, Inc. 249 Cal. Reporter 187 (1988).189-191). The truth in this case however is not that Ozzy caused John McCollum?s death. The causes of his death are much more complicated. The song in question didn?t glorify suicide at all. The song was written to point out the dangers of drinking alcohol in excess. The song related to Bon Scott of the group AC/DC who had drank himself to death. The song ?Suicide Solution? was an anti suicide song, and was being blamed for a child?s death. John McCollum had problems that led him to suicide long before listening to Ozzy Osbourne?s music. Music is not a cause, but an outlet for the suicidal or violent feelings a child might have. Another example of the problem of music being blamed for violence happened with the advent of Gangsta Rap in the early 90?s. In 1993 Ronald Ray Howard, an eighth grade drop-out, was convicted of shooting Texas State Trooper Bill Davidson. This teenager had been listening to the song "Sister Souljah," by Tupac Shakur. The songs'