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Lyrical Violence Music is a prominent force in adolescent lives according to the American Medical Association American adolescents spend a total of four and a half hours a day listening to music and watching music videos Parents are increasingly weary of suggestive violent lyrical content in popular music A University of California study recently showed that 48 of Americans including the younger generation say that violence in popular music should be regulated In Paducah the affect of violent lyrical content in popular music has been an ongoing debate since the Heath High School shooting Prior to the Heath shooting in the case of the school shooting in Jonesboro Arkansas one of the teen murderers admitted to law enforcement officers that the rap music he listened to might have contributed to his state of mind before the murders if not his overall decision to gun down his classmates Mitchell Johnson the student said It puts you in a certain state of mind This is not only relevant to the musicviolence debate but it is a crucial element in understanding what is going on with the modern youth Clearly it can not be stated that the sole contributing factor in the students decision to commit murder was rap music but it was a contributing factor I believe that there is a painful and direct correlation between violence in popular music and violence in youth I do not believe that government regulation or censorship is going to fix this problem For those who debate the adverse effect of violent music on a persons mind-state I offer this example I enjoy jazz In my opinion jazz is soothing and relaxing When I am in the mood to calm down after a long day of work I listen to jazz The soft tones and relaxing beats have a positive feel-good effect on my state of mind In the
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