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AmericanCivil Liberties Union. (2016). “Freedom of Expression in the artsand entertainment.” Accessed on October 23, 2016.https://www.aclu.org/other/freedom-expression-arts-andentertainment

TheAmerican Civil Liberties Union (2016) article is an investigation ofthe provision by the First amendment on the U.S. constitution on itsstand on music censorship. The American Civil Liberties Union holdsthat the First amendment does not allow the Congress to enact lawsthat infringe the right of expression and speech of the citizensalthough there are limiting factors. For instance, the freedom ofexpression does not include people who make obscene utterances. Theimplication of such a law is that the constitution protects itspeople, especially the vulnerable ones, from seeing or hearinginformation which breeds a sense of immorality.

Iwill use this article in support of music censorship by showing thatthe in as much as there is freedom of expression, the constitutiondoes not uphold the use of obscene utterances.

Anderson,C. A., Carnagey, N. L., &amp Eubanks, J. (2013). Exposure to violentmedia: the effects of songs with violent lyrics on aggressivethoughts and feelings. Journal of personality and social psychology,84(5), 960.

Anderson’sEt al. (2013) explores the relationship between exposure to violentmedia content and aggressive behaviors and feelings. The articleshows that violence in music has a close relationship with aggressivebehavior and thoughts. There was conduction of experiments wasthrough exposure of students to violent and non-violent lyrics andthen an assessment of their aggressive feelings and thoughts. Theresults indicated that the songs with violent lyrics encouragedaggressiveness in the interpretation of the words. There was anelement of hostility even without provocation or threat.

Iwill use this article to demonstrate that there is need for musiccensorship by presenting both sides of the issue.

Andrew,M. (2015).&nbspEffectsof Music on Society | College Essays | Teen Ink.&nbspTeenink.com.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttp://www.teenink.com/college_guide/college_essays/article/300582/Effects-of-Music-on-Society/

Andrew’s(2015) article explains the significant effect music has on thesociety. The article presents music to be the driving force of thesociety with a large number of people evidently sparing several hoursto listen to music (Andrew, 2015). According to the author, music hasthe capacity of resulting in both negative and positive effects.Negative effects result from exposing young minds to violent lyrics.There are also sexually explicit lyrics which influence the youngminds negatively. The author also links the modern music with suchviolent and immoral lyrics to the immoral actions and behaviorsportrayed by the youth.

Iwill use this article to show that there is a strong correlationbetween the lyrics of music to the behavior of the youth and thus theneed for music censorship to ensure that the young minds are notcorrupted.

Aubrey,J. S., &amp Frisby, C. M. (2011). Sexual objectification in musicvideos: A content analysis comparing gender and genre. MassCommunication and Society, 14(4), 475-501.

Aubrey&amp Frisby’s (2011) article shows that there is an element ofsexual objectification evident in today’s music videos. Most of themusic videos display women musicians to be extremely attractive asevidenced by their sexually alluring behaviors in the videos. Thevideos display skimpily dressed women entertaining the male artiststhrough sensual poses and dance moves. The implication of such videosto the audience is that women are objects of pleasure. Thisimplication may promote violence and rape against women.

Iwill use this article to show that there should be music censorshipto prohibit the production of such videos and thus the resultinginfluences by presenting both sides of the issue.

Byers,W. (2011). “School of rock: P is for pessimism.” Accessed onOctober 24, 2016.https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2011/jun/17/school-rock-pessimism

Thearticle by Byers (2011) posits that music that promotes obscenity,drug abuse, and violence encourages children to have a pessimisticview about the society. The author supports his argument bypresenting a selection of songs he believes promote the theme ofpessimism. Additionally, the interest of such musicians is notdepicting the happenings of the society but to nurture pessimism.When children are exposed to such types of music which depictviolence, drug abuse, and random sexual escapades, they are likely toview the world as full of negativity. The conclusion displays theimportance of music censorship in helping end these cases.

Iwill use this article to demonstrate to the critics of musiccensorship that it is not intended at intimidating the musicians butto protect the future generation.

Bodner,E. &amp Bensimon, M. (2015). The impact of disfavored music onaffect complexity in young adults.&nbspPsychologyof Music,&nbsp44(4),864-879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305735615594492.

Bodner&amp Bensimon (2015) show that the impact of disfavored music on theyoung adults is much more than people think of in their article. Theypresent the detrimental effects of such kind of music to have impacton the young adults even at an older age. The reason is because suchpeople were exposed to the music from a tender age and it is hard toconvince them in contrary to what the music advocates for. Forinstance, when the young adults constantly view and hear cases ofviolence and drug abuse being promoted by the music, they develop amentality that life should be lived that way. Such cases would havebeen avoided if the content in the music is censored.

Iwill use this article to show the importance of music censorship onproper behavior by the youths.

Burke,M. &amp Schmidt, A. (2013). How should we plan and regulate livemusic in Australian cities? Learnings from Brisbane.&nbspAustralianPlanner,&nbsp50(1),68-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.722556

Thearticle by Burke &amp Schmidt (2013) shows that there is a need forproper planning and regulation of live music in the cities. Theinspiration of the article is from the fact that there are many casesof live music displaying inappropriate shows to the public whichencourage immorality. The inspiration is in itself an indicator thatthe type of live shows by most of the musicians impact the behaviorof the public negatively. The authors propose that the solution tothe problem would be censoring music which will ensure that themusicians will be careful with the type of live shows they hold.

Iwill use this article to show that there is an element of improperbehaviors evident in music and music censorship will help curb suchbehaviors.

Cassidy,G. &amp Paisley, A. (2013). Music-games: A case study of theirimpact.&nbspResearchStudies in Music Education,&nbsp35(1),119-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1321103×13488032

Cassidy&amp Paisley (2013) present a study on the impact of music to thesociety as a whole. Some of the music we are exposed to does not useappropriate lyrics. The authors show that in as much as music hasboth negative and positive impact, the negative impacts should be asource of greater concern and should be avoided by all means. Theauthors advocate for music censorship to solve the negative impactssince they arise from the use of obscene lyrics.

Iwill use this article to show to the critics of music censorship thatits intention is to put end the negative impact that inappropriatemusic has on the society.

Connectusfund.(2016). “8 most valid pros and cons of music censorship.”Accessed on October 23, 2016.http://connectusfund.org/8-most-valid-pros-and-cons-of-music-censorship.

Thisarticle by Connectusfund (2016) outlines both the negative andpositive impacts of music censorship. It shows the several argumentsof the people opposing and advocating for music censorship. There isan element of validity in both arguments because they have presentedsupporting reasons. However, if the opponents closely look at theissue, it is evident that there would be no need for opposing musiccensorship if there were no elements that need to be censored.

Iwill use this article to show the opinions of both the supporters andopponents of music censorship.

Denton,E. &amp Chaplin, W. (2015). How do musicians evaluate their musicalperformances? The impact of positive and negative information fromnormative, ipsative, and expectation standards.&nbspPsychologyof Music,&nbsp44(3),399-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305735614568883

Denton&amp Chaplin’s (2015) article shows the various methods themusicians use in the evaluation of their musical performances. Theauthors point out that some of the musicians use the number of salesand profits they make to gauge their performance in the industry. Itis unfortunate that this drive for sales and profits does notconsider the impacts of the music to the society. Most of themusicians employ use of obscene lyrics and videos to move sales. Itis therefore necessary to allow music censorship to ensure that themusicians are careful with the kind of music they sing and profits isnot the only driving force.

Iwill use this article to show the positive impact of music censorshipand thus the need for advocating for it.

Hallam,S. (2010). The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, socialand personal development of children and young people.&nbspInternationalJournal of Music Education,&nbsp28(3),269-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0255761410370658

Hallam(2010) points that music is a powerful tool and has a great impact inthe development of children and young people in all aspects of life.When the young people are exposed to lyrics that promote violence,drug abuse, and sex, their development may be impacted negatively.The author advocates for the scrutiny of lyrics before exposure toyoung children to ensure that music impacts their developmentpositively. The author shows music censorship as an appropriate meansof protecting children from the negative impacts of music.

Iwill use this paper to show the importance of music censorship bypresenting both opinions for and against it.

Huang,B. (2015).&nbspWhatKind of Impact Does Our Music Really Make onSociety?&nbspBlog.sonicbids.com.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttp://blog.sonicbids.com/what-kind-of-impact-does-our-music-really-make-on-society

Huang’s(2015) article shows that musicians have a great influence on thesociety whether it is within their intentions or not. The type ofsound and choice of words are influential in a significant mannerespecially to the young people. The author urges the musicians toensure that they make the right choice of lyrics and video bearing inmind the impact on the society. Unfortunately, certain musicians donot place an emphasis on the words they use in their songs. It istherefore necessary to come up with a measure which will push themusicians into making the right choice of words such as musiccensoring.

Iwill use this article to show that the music has a great impact onthe society and the choice of lyrics is crucial and is achievablethrough music censorship.

Lewsen,S. (2013). On Music, Censorship, and Globalization.&nbspSafundi,&nbsp14(4),455-466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533171.2013.841060

Lewsen(2013) discusses the issue of music and censorship in his article.His article shows the existence of certain lyrics which do not have apositive impact in the society and hence a need to censor them. Thedesire of the author to advocate for music censorship is clear on theissue of right of expression since the constitution is equally clearthat it does not support the use of abusive words. The authorconcludes by calling for a look at the issue of censorship to ensurethat it does not infringe the rights of musicians but at the sametime promotes positive impact of music.

Iwill use the article to show the need for music censorship bydiscussing both sides of the issue.

Moddi,.(2016). Songs that sting: A Norwegian musician on how hate mail aboutan Israeli concert sparked an album of censored music.&nbspIndexon Censorship,&nbsp45(2),86-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306422016657035

Moddi’s(2016) article shows that there are particular songs which make useof obscene lyrics and videos promoting violence and discrimination.The author points out that such songs should be censored to make surethey do not pose a negative impact to the society.

Iwill use the article to show that there is existence of songs whichgive enough reasons for music censorship hence the reason foradvocating for it by presenting both sides of the issue.

Peckham,S. (2009).&nbspCoverYour Ears! Censored Music Through The Ages.&nbspTrueEndeavors Presents: music, tours, tickets, mp3 downloads, concertpictures, videos, Madison WI.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttps://trueendeavorsblog.com/2009/04/13/cover-your-ears/

Peckham’s(2009) article presents the history and journey of music censorship.According to the article, music censorship is as old the musicitself. However, according to the author, any great piece of music isalways on the receiving end on the grounds of promoting immorality.The author has given examples of songs that have been presumablybanned on the wrong grounds.

Iwill use the article to show some of the reasons held by the criticsof music censorship.

Therehas been an observation on music censorship for several years andevidently, it remains a controversial issue. The controversy stemsfrom the imposition of laws by the government or music censorship byindividuals on their lyrics and music. Again, certain songs played onthe airwaves alongside the comments of certain radio personalitiesarouse the anger of the listeners in some cases. The result of theanger has been a call for censorship in the music industry. Still,the controversy of music censorship remains debatable with proponentsand opponents presenting their different views its relevance to thesociety and legality. The concern remains whether music should becensored. This paper seeks to present a Rogerian argument concerningthe issue of music censorship to help reduce the conflict between itssupporters and opponents.

Musicshould not be censored.

Despitethe debates surrounding music censorship, the opponents believe thatit is not an appropriate solution. Rather, empowering people withliteracy about what is right would be the perfect solution(Connectusfund, 2016). Again, these proponents stipulate that thecontroversial issues from the music could sometimes be educative andhelpful since they are a source of challenge. The aspect of censoringmusic will diminish the problem hence the help that would have beengained from the music. The solution to this controversy would be tooffer education to the listeners of the music such that they have thewisdom to tap the positive message from it (Andrew, 2015). Besides,the people can get such elusive information from other platforms suchas the online media. With music censoring, individuals will lack theopportunity to be critical of such aspects and thus unable to applythem in other life aspects. To some extent, this is practical.However, it would have more effects that when there is musiccensoring. Besides, people can still be taught about the valuesalongside censoring of the music to ensure the best out of theprogram (Cassidy &amp Paisley, 2013).

Theopponents of music censorship point out that it breeds the impressionthat people lack maturity and responsibility aspects (Connectusfund,2016). In any case, people should have the right to listen to thekind of music they desire (American Civil Liberties Union, 2016).They should be given the responsibility of making the decision tostop listening to the form of music which is abusive and promotesviolence. The critics also point out that individuals of adult ageshould be mature enough to identify the appropriate type of music tolisten to. For the children, the parents should be responsible fortheir safety when listening to music. The children still need tolearn about sex, drugs, and violence at one point in their lives.With music censoring, they will learn about such issues from otherinappropriate means (Connectusfund, 2016). It is, therefore,unnecessary to censor music. There is a need to understand that notall times the young people are with an adult. During such times, thechildren could miss out on the appropriate advice and thus end uppracticing what the music advocates for (Bodner &amp Bensimon,2015). The kids are likely to grow up thinking that using certainwords from the songs is normal yet they could be abusive because theyalways hear them from the music (Hallam, 2010). These scenarios canbe easily avoided through music censoring because of the access toother media such as social sites comes with age and by then, thechildren will be of age and mature to make decision on what isappropriate and what is not.

Pointsin support of music censorship.

Thesupporters of music censorship have various reasons for their views.Music is highly influential to both children and adults, and itsregulation is a sure way of striking a balance (Huang, 2015). Theinfluence could be positive or negative. Through music censorship,the proponents believe that it is paramount to ban songs which haveobscene lyrics due to the implication of such types of music. Certainlyrics of some songs seem to encourage wrongdoing and unacceptablebehaviors such as racism and discrimination (Moddi, 2016). When thereis regulation of songs that are played on the airwaves, theproponents of music censorship believe that, people and more so theyoung generation will not be exposed to the lyrics that promoteimproper behavior. There are certain lyrics of music that would playin the airwaves which would leave people questioning the motivebehind them. When music is censored, such lyrics will not receiveairplay and their negative impact would not be felt.

Musiccensorship limits the exposure to violence, drugs, and sex (Lewsen,2013). The supporters of music censorship hold the view that musicindustry is a very powerful platform and could be usedinappropriately for teaching unlawful behaviors (Byers, 2011). If notunder any control, the music industry can result in the production ofsongs which woo the public into listening materials which promote theuse of drugs, violence, and engagement in premarital and random sex(Denton &amp Chaplin, 2015). Also, it is natural to haveirresponsible members in the music industry, for instance some radiohosts and disc jockeys, and without music control, they would havethe freedom to play any music which might have aspects of indecency(Aubrey &amp Frisby, 2011).

Withmusic censoring, the producers do not have the right to record songsthat promote immorality in the name of making money (Denton &ampChaplin, 2015). Most of the critics of the music censorship are themusic producers because of the huge returns they reap from thebusiness. It is unfortunate that the concern of these critics is justto make money without any regard to the negative impact of the typeof music to the society (Denton &amp Chaplin, 2015). With theimplementation of music censorship, the producers will be keen tocome up with music not only to make profits but also with properchoice of words.

Commonground

Boththe opponents and proponents of music censorship present validreasons for it. The opponents advocate that music censoring does notgive listeners the opportunity to develop literacy in choosingbetween the appropriate and inappropriate music. Nevertheless, humanbeings, especially the young ones, are highly likely to experimentthe lessons out of curiosity of the outcomes (Burke &amp Schmidt,2013). This would happen with or without education on the impacts ofthe music. Again, it is clearly evident of the impact music has onpeople. Without limitation on the type of music to record and receiveairplay, people will follow the teachings without thinking of theconsequences since the message is from prominent musicians (AndersonEt al., 2013). Taking, for instance, a song that in one way oranother promotes racism and discrimination, people may develop suchbehaviors which are wrong. With music censoring, these cases wouldnot happen in the first place. It is thus important to censor musicas a way of striking a balance on the expected behavior.

Mostof the critics of music censoring are the producers in the industry.Their criticism leaves a lot to be desired since there is no prove oftheir proposition. Their criticism is rather driven by the desire tomake profits from immoral and obscene productions targeting theyouths (Andrew, 2015). If they were genuinely in the business of justentertaining the public through quality productions, the issue ofmusic censorship would not be a source of concern for them becausethe type of music they produce will not be affected. The producersare not for the move because they understand that their music iscontroversial and does not require airplay by any means. There are,however, instances in which music censoring for some lyrics isuncalled for and is intended at intimidating the musicians (Peckham,2009). Such aspects make people lose hope in music censoring.Nevertheless, with the application of right measures and policies,music censoring should be successful in ensuring music impacts thesociety positively.

Conclusion.

Theissue of music censorship remains controversial for as long as musicwill be in existence. The critics point out that there are betterways of dealing with music that promotes wrong behavior such aseducation rather than cutting out people completely on such music.Freedom of speech, as well as an impression of lack of maturity andresponsibility, also allow the critics to have a valid point inopposing music censoring. However, it is evident that music promotingviolence, drug abuse, and sex has a detrimental effect on thesociety. Music censoring results in limited exposure to suchbehaviors. The critics need to understand that the motive behindmusic censoring is for the benefit of society but not intimidatingthe musicians and their listeners. It is also important for theproponents to understand that they can make use of other measuressuch as educating the public on proper conduct. Most importantly,both parties should agree that with or without music censoring, theyshould always do what is right.

References

AmericanCivil Liberties Union. (2016). “Freedom of Expression in the artsand entertainment.” Accessed on October 23, 2016.https://www.aclu.org/other/freedom-expression-arts-andentertainment

Anderson,C. A., Carnagey, N. L., &amp Eubanks, J. (2013). Exposure to violentmedia: the effects of songs with violent lyrics on aggressivethoughts and feelings. Journal of personality and social psychology,84(5), 960.

Andrew,M. (2015).&nbspEffectsof Music on Society | College Essays | Teen Ink.&nbspTeenink.com.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttp://www.teenink.com/college_guide/college_essays/article/300582/Effects-of-Music-on-Society/

Aubrey,J. S., &amp Frisby, C. M. (2011). Sexual objectification in musicvideos: A content analysis comparing gender and genre. MassCommunication and Society, 14(4), 475-501.

Byers,W. (2011). “School of rock: P is for pessimism.” Accessed onOctober 24, 2016.https://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2011/jun/17/school-rock-pessimism

Bodner,E. &amp Bensimon, M. (2015). The impact of disfavored music onaffect complexity in young adults.&nbspPsychologyof Music,&nbsp44(4),864-879. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305735615594492.

Burke,M. &amp Schmidt, A. (2013). How should we plan and regulate livemusic in Australian cities? Learnings from Brisbane.&nbspAustralianPlanner,&nbsp50(1),68-78. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07293682.2012.722556

Cassidy,G. &amp Paisley, A. (2013). Music-games: A case study of theirimpact.&nbspResearchStudies in Music Education,&nbsp35(1),119-138. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1321103×13488032

Connectusfund.(2016). “8 most valid pros and cons of music censorship.”Accessed on October 23, 2016.http://connectusfund.org/8-most-valid-pros-and-cons-of-music-censorship.

Denton,E. &amp Chaplin, W. (2015). How do musicians evaluate their musicalperformances? The impact of positive and negative information fromnormative, ipsative, and expectation standards.&nbspPsychologyof Music,&nbsp44(3),399-412. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0305735614568883

Hallam,S. (2010). The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, socialand personal development of children and young people.&nbspInternationalJournal of Music Education,&nbsp28(3),269-289. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0255761410370658

Huang,B. (2015).&nbspWhatKind of Impact Does Our Music Really Make onSociety?&nbspBlog.sonicbids.com.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttp://blog.sonicbids.com/what-kind-of-impact-does-our-music-really-make-on-society

Lewsen,S. (2013). On Music, Censorship, and Globalization.&nbspSafundi,&nbsp14(4),455-466. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17533171.2013.841060

Moddi,.(2016). Songs that sting: A Norwegian musician on how hate mail aboutan Israeli concert sparked an album of censored music.&nbspIndexon Censorship,&nbsp45(2),86-88. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0306422016657035

Peckham,S. (2009).&nbspCoverYour Ears! Censored Music Through The Ages.&nbspTrueEndeavors Presents: music, tours, tickets, mp3 downloads, concertpictures, videos, Madison WI.Retrieved 15 November 2016, fromhttps://trueendeavorsblog.com/2009/04/13/cover-your-ears/