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Censor This Music which has been around since the beginning of time is a vital aspect to every individuals daily life It surrounds us as we work as we play and as we go from place to place Some use music as motivation while they work Others use music as a release a way to loosen up after a hard day Music can be inspirational deep and moving Artists project their feelings and emotions to their audience through words and melodies Music is powerful because it allows people to express themselves uniquely The opportunity to create music and share it with the world is a right that every person has and deserves However this opportunity becomes more and more limited as time goes on Years ago people began trying to censor music and it hasnt been the same since In 1990 the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA after being pressured by the Parents Music Resource Center PMRC a conservative activist group lead by Tipper Gore and Susan Baker introduced a music labeling system for those works found to have explicit lyrics Record companies were provided with stickers that read Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics to be placed on CDs tapes and albums However the RIAA failed to provide record companies with any standards criteria or guidelines for determining what recordings should be labeled With the decision of which music should be labeled left up to the record companies labels appear only on rock and rap albums and not recording of country music opera or musical comedy even though they may also contain controversial material SILS 529 The PMRCs stance is that all recordings whose themes relate to sex violence drugs alcohol suicide or the occult SILS 529 should receive warning labels and record companies and stores that produce or sell albums containing controversial material should be prosecuted Many have attempted to introduce legislation that put more severe limits on
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