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Violence Corruption and Wealth The Connections Made in Todays Popular Culture Todays society is no stranger to violence and corruption We see it in our streets on our television and movie screens and we hear it in music However as we move closer and closer to the 21st Century a clearer connection is being made between this corruption and wealth Our culture is beginning to associate dishonesty and criminal acts with money and material goods Images of wealth and fame through murder and mayhem are pounded into Americans heads through a the story-lines of Mafia movies and the lyrics of popular music idols Producers are thriving on our two biggest cravings money and violence In the novel The Great Gatsby corruption is a main theme and is used as a gateway to wealth and fame As the plot unfolds the main characters get caught in a tangled web of adulterous affairs coupled with underhanded schemes and mischief which as they become richer and further their personal social status Music reflects the times In the 60s and 70s musicians preached peace and empathy towards the human race In the 80s music was a form of rebellion Today music has manifested itself into many different forms one being hip hop more commonly known as rap In the early 80s rap was about break-dancing and graffiti Now as we approach the year 2000 hip hop has become the most listened-to form of music nation-wide and many rap artists have adopted the new title of pop-artists pop meaning popular culture A hip hop single recently took the number 1 spot on the Billboard charts for most sales recorded The problem here is the message many rappers are telling the world From the beginning rappers have flaunted their money with the expensive cars seen in their videos and the thick gold chains they wear in public not to mention the numerous references made to wealth in their lyrics
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