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IT HAS POWERS FOR EVIL AS WELL AS FOR GOOD On April 20 1999 two teenagers killed 12 of their peers a teacher and themselves at Columbine High School in Littleton Colo The Littleton killers idolized shock-rocker Marilyn Manson The facts of these and other instances of youth violence parallel the music these boys consumed Manson dwells on revenge and violence against the objects of his hatred In one song he says he will shoot the next bully who bothers him In another song he responds to the selective judgments of others by saying get your gun And in another song he says Im gonna hate you tomorrow because you make me hate you today link between media violence and real life violence has been proven by science time and again Television violence begets real-world violence music is as powerful as television for people in general Music is more powerful than television for young people in particular Tons of research has been done on the interrelationship of music and human behavior M usic affects human behavior It affects our moods our attitudes our emotions and our behavior Music alters and intensifies their moods furnishes much of their slang dominates their conversations and provides the ambiance at their social gatherings Music styles define the crowds and cliques they run in Music personalities provide models for how they act and dress Music can make a good mood better and allow us to escape or work through a bad one But it can also be used to enhance bad moods which has led some to believe music lyrics about suicide and violence against women have occasionally led troubled youth to commit suicide or violent crimes Labels warning of explicit lyrics on recordings prompt adolescents in general to like the music less They see it as tainted fruit rather than as forbidden fruit who view Madonnas video of Papa Dont Preach give vastly
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