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NCJ Number: 160265 Find in a Library
Title: Rap Music Should Be Censored (From Violence in the Media, P 166-168, 1995, Carol Wekesser, ed. -- See NCJ-160238)
Author(s): J Alter
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Those who defend offensive rap lyrics and oppose the regulation of such music do not acknowledge the difference between censorship and regulation; the government should not censor music, but the record companies and the rap artists themselves have a responsibility to regulate music that might promote violence in listeners.
Abstract: Real "censorship" is when the government bans books in school libraries, prosecutes artists and writers for their work, seizes pornography, and exercises prior restraint. Efforts by the public to encourage rappers, record-company executives, radio stations, and television stations to avoid the production or dispensing of songs that encourage antisocial, criminal, and harmful behavior is not censorship. Such action by the public is designed to motivate artists and associated industries to act responsibly in deciding what they will present to the public. This is not an argument for composing music and lyrics that do not offend anyone; rather it is a plea for a responsible assessment of the impact of the music on its listeners' attitudes and behaviors. Even music that is offensive to some segment of the public should have positive value for another segment. Music without positive value for anyone should not be produced.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Censorship; Media violence; Violence causes; Violence on television; Violence prevention
Note: From "Let's Stop Crying Wolf on Censorship," Newsweek, November 29, 1993.
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