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NCJ Number: NCJ 160262     Find in a Library
Title: Heavy Metal Rock and Gangsta Rap Music Promote Violence (From Violence in the Media, P 150-158, 1995, Carol Wekesser, ed. -- See NCJ-160238)
Author(s): B Hattemer ; R Showers
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 9
  Annotation: Heavy metal rock and "gangsta" rap music are more violent than ever before; children and teenagers should not be allowed to listen to the violent messages in this music.
Abstract: In 1989 the American Medical Association released a report that concluded that music is a greater influence in the life of a teenager than television. Those involved in the rock culture were more likely to be low achievers, involved in drugs, sexually active, and involved in satanic activities. Stating that the issue is too complicated to prove a one-on-one correlation, the report nonetheless concluded that a fascination with heavy metal music was an indicator of adolescent alienation and possible emotional health problems. A report by Free Congress concludes that "heavy metal and rap music today contains an element of hatred and abuse of women of a degree never seen before." In addition to extraordinary sexism, the music contains equally offensive racism, blasphemy, and bigotry. Large numbers of disturbed adolescents with low self-worth draw inspiration from heavy metal music because it makes them feel powerful and in charge. Providing simple answers to complex problems, it gives them a source of authority for what they feel and do. Attitudes and behaviors reinforced by heavy metal music are aggressive rebellion, abuse of drugs and alcohol, graphic violence and suicide, fascination with the occult, and sexuality that is graphic and explicit. Parents must encourage the Federal Communications Commission to be more diligent in enforcing the decency standard on broadcast radio and television and help the Commission by sending in cases. Since MTV has become readily available to children on basic cable, this standard should be extended to cable in the form of a "harmful to minors" law. Removing MTV from basic cable and making it a separate subscription channel is an even better solution.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): Violence on television ; Media violence ; Violence causes ; Violence prevention
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Country: United States of America
Language: English
Note: From "Don't Touch That Dial," by Hattemer and Showers.
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