Does music promote violence?

Canada
January 11, 2010 10:10pm CST
I think certain genres of music like gangster rap and heavy rock promote violence. I feel this is true because of the destructive and graphic nature in the lyrics/music videos of these two genres. Teenagers are highly influenced by music and I feel that by listening or watching these types of songs or videos, their lives can be negatively impacted. Depending on how mature or how developed one's brain is, violent music can strongly alter/change one's behaviour and make them aggressive or possibly dangerous. What are you thoughts?
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@jewels49 (1784)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I don't believe that listning to a certain music or playing a violent gane, or watching R rated movies is going to have more influence over my children than I do. I may feel that some lyrics are age inappropriate for younger kids but no I don't for a minute believe song lyrics and a beat can can be responsible for bad behavior. I think it's an excuse people use to try and justify what they believe is their right to sit in judgement and to get rid of things that they or their group dont like or approve of.
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• Canada
12 Jan 10
Thank you for replying. I think to some extent, some people might use it as an excuse, but as for others, I think violent music actually is the cause of their behaviour.
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@Fulltank (2896)
• Philippines
12 Jan 10
Nope, I do not believe that music promotes violence. I love rap and heavy music but it never brings me to any fight or become violence out of it. I think its more of your peers that influences a person to become more aggressive. The environment too has a bigger impact to a persons attitude. If one grows in a neighborhood where there are too much violence, then there is a big possibility that a person living in it would become a violent person too.
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• Canada
12 Jan 10
Thank you for sharing. I think only those who live in an imaginary world might take violent lyrics seriously, but as for the rest of us who live in reality, we only think of it as a source of entertainment.
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• Philippines
12 Jan 10
Some and even have sexy lyrics though and as a listener i am annoy of explicit lyrics which implies violence and tingling sounds seem hypnotic deeply influence the minds to muster its contents which could be dangerous if kids or the people listen too much of it does not even taught moral values but lot of disrespect, taunting and all talks about aggressive behavior. I think it is under the discretion of parents to restrict their kids to violent music and inform them of the bad implication so that exposure to it is minimize and the children mind would not be affected.
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@AmandaMBF (284)
• Brazil
12 Jan 10
I think no. I think if person already has disposition to practice violence music is just an "extra" impulse. But if people has strong ideas about violence and crimes any music could let they to practice violence.
@stand87 (667)
• Bulgaria
12 Jan 10
I agree with you! Music don't make people aggressive.
• Canada
12 Jan 10
I understand your point of view. If someone was already aggressive to begin with, then listening to music is just an extra boost.
@olisaur (1932)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I believe music is art. I do believe that its possible for kids to ba affected by certain lyrics, but I do not believe music can be the SOLE CAUSE of acting out. When it comes to kids, their behavior is directly relating to their upbringing; if kids have good parents they'll be able to distinguish lyrics from "instructions." And if kids have unavailable or unsupporting parents they will be naturally looking for somesort of direction, and that direction could be taken by music.
• Canada
13 Jan 10
You're right. Children take in what they see and if you're a parent, it's your job to look after and take care of your child. This means making sure that your child isn't exposed to any inappropriate material.
@adamc151 (479)
12 Jan 10
Yeh i think some music promotes violence but only idiots would actually go out and start a fight after listening to some music, so i think its wrong just to blame the music.
• Canada
13 Jan 10
I wouldn't call them idiots but perhaps just people who haven't learned the difference between fiction and non-fiction.
@stand87 (667)
• Bulgaria
12 Jan 10
In my opinion it depends on how people understand one style in music. The music can be aggressive but this don't mean that the artist want to promote hatred or make people aggressive. Some people just don't understand the massage in music correctly. And that's the dangerous thing! What about most of the pop and commercial artists? Did they promote that girls should be ****** in life? With big silicone boobs? I don't thing so.
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Very true. Some artists are just trying to tell their stories but others can take it the wrong way. It's all about understanding the message and interpreting it, rather than following its literal meaning.
• United States
12 Jan 10
I definitely believe certain genres of music or the words in the music promote(s) and or translate(s) to violence. "Words" alone are extremeley powerful, it may not seem that way, but if you really think about it, words leave impressions.
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Words are indeed powerful because it's what we use to communicate with each other and to express ourselves.
• United States
12 Jan 10
I agree with you. I think it does depend on the person and violent music wont make everyone violent but I do believe music can effect us for the good or bad. I know someone that listens to crazy music and dresses kinda nuts in my opinion but she is the most sane person I know! Soo, it definitely depends on the person but people who already have violence in them, violent music can definitely bring it out of them!
• Canada
12 Jan 10
Yes, why contribute to violence when we can reduce it? It's the same when it comes to global warming. Why add more to what's already there when we can do something to reduce it.
@Java09 (3086)
• United States
12 Jan 10
I used to be a listener of ganster rap.I think it depends on the individual listening to it.It does have terrible lyrics.The music sounds violent.I don't listen anymore since I become a christian,that music is not appropriate for people in general.Some people will act violent I believe.There's alot of violence in the world today,it doesn't help singing violence.
• Canada
12 Jan 10
As a matter of fact, there are a lot of violent content in music today, but luckily, there are also those who strive for peace, freedom, and equality in their music.
• United States
13 Jan 10
I don't think so. Not all rap promotes violence, and this goes for Metal as well. Everyone believes that certain music promotes violence, but that is not always the case. Some of it was written as protest music to begin with and people completely screwed up the message that was in the song. People can get aggressive and dangerous feelings from the song, but it is up to them whether or not they act on those feelings. I have heard a lot of violent and angry songs and I never killed anyone after hearing those songs. I bet a lot of people have heard songs with violence in them and they never acted on those songs.
• Philippines
13 Jan 10
As for me, I think music does not PROMOTE violence, but instead it influences the moods and therefore if you are in a heaped mood of anger, then you hear boom bangs like in the disco so your consciousness might be skyrocketing in alert, that's there that your emotions are strong so just a simple bump from a girl you dislike in a disco might result into great trouble then this is especially when you are already drunk (which affects behavior) and greatly because the environment is not calm (loud music and worst is, its not mellow which will calm you down). There is no scientific explanation of that so far, but its just how your behavior alters when a certain genre is influencing your whole consciousness.
@bhawanee (174)
• India
13 Jan 10
It is indeed depends on the music as i also seen people reacting on the music and lyrics. Music has great impact on the life of an individual and slow and melodious music gives relief to the people suffering with severe pain.
• United States
13 Jan 10
I believe that it actually can! These days, ppl have nothing good to do so they think on stupid stuff to impact our children. Mostly rap is focused on money and other negatice things. What vsalue does that teach our students and society? Music videos are also graphic and what the kids see, the kids do! And sometimes, with al this goth punk stuff going around, they can start believing thst they eant to get out and that adults are only nuisances in therir lives! Music and images strreongly impact our kids and they csn take drastic measures as a result of what is happening in their childhood and what is going throught there braains!!
• India
12 Jan 10
That's on the mode of viewing.......... if u see that side of music it is true.......... but this is also true that music promotes peace.............. there are innumerable songs on peace and harmony................. the bottomline is ............. it all depends on what u make out of the music u r hearing
@angadp (203)
• India
12 Jan 10
I definitely agree with you but I think it is the duty of the parents to look after the child and make sure that he gets the right things and doesn't end up with things that he likes but are harmful to him/her. Its not only the music but the video games, movies to name a few that also may cause the same effect that you described. I think these things should not be done excessively and should be done in limited amounts for entertainment purpose only.