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The prevailing opinion in the media is that listening to violent lyrics tends to lead to violence This idea permeates nearly all media news and entertainment According to the conservative organization Empower America the issue at heart is such music leading us on a slide toward decivilization Bennet and Tucker 1995 The idea being that by glorifying subjects like rape murder suicide and homophobia the fear of homosexuals and their lifestyle these lyrics erode the judgement and thought capabilities of adolescents In recent history the popular solution to the problems of our society has been censorship the mandated editing or suppression of the music thought to be at fault The Parents Music Resource Center PMRC headed by Pamela Howar and including such big Washington names as Tipper Gore wife of Democratic Presidential Nominee Al Gore pushed for Motion Picture Association of America MPAA style ratings of music Deflem 1993 The PMRCs efforts resulted in the widely noticed Parental Advisory warnings While the adults seem to agree the youth adolescents and artists alike seem to take a different direction The dominant point of view among younger audiences is that no one is responsible for teen violence but those who act out But there is a second view We are all equally guilty for the violent acts of youths Manson 1999 Such violent acts while increasingly spoken about by news and entertainment media the Centers for Disease Control report that violence in adolescents is down Youth 2000 Given the perceived impact of violent lyrics and the immense popularity and friction of this issue it is surprising that little or no actual study has been done to back up any of these claims Hogan et al 1996 The ultimate goal of my research is to determine whether there is a real causal connection between violent lyrical content in music and violent feelings in teens However given the monetary and temporal constraints this ultimate goal will be broken into
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