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Cluelesslyintelligent
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Do Music Lyrics Cause violence?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 4/16/2013 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Cluelesslyintelligent

Con

People need to take a step back, stop putting the blame on the lyrics their children are listening to, and start realizing that there is a much more serious problem at hand. As a society, we need to wake up and look for the real cause of teen violence instead of finding the easiest thing to blame it on. What needs to be looked at for the blame is mental status, criminal history and family life. These are the factors that would cause someone to commit murder " not music.

To those who believe that it is music causing violence in teens, ask yourselves this " does reading a suspense novel cause the reader to go out and commit murder? Does watching the news cause the viewer to go out and commit that same crime? No. And this is just as ridiculous, and almost laughable, as the concept of lyrics leading to violence. A teen who grows up in a healthy environment with a supporting and loving family doesn"t just wake up one day and say "Hey, murdering someone for fun sounds like a good idea because this song mentions it."

It"s a question of whether it"s violent music that causes such people to behave aggressively, or is it just the mere fact that aggressive people simply prefer more violent music. The latter, to me, seems like a much more reasonable statement. The connection between the two does not mean one causes the other.
Anon_Y_Mous

Pro

First off, I would like some definitions and clarifications. Is this debate about the lyrics in music or music? The topic suggests lyrics, but some of your arguments suggest that it is about music.

For clarity's sake, please provide your definition of violence, music, and lyrics.

Good luck.
Debate Round No. 1
Cluelesslyintelligent

Con

Lyrics and music that "Cause" violence. What do you think?
Anon_Y_Mous

Pro

I can work with that.

Several studies have been done showing that music has an effect on emotions. Consider this one:

http://www.uwlax.edu...

It shows a clear difference in mood depending on what type of music one is listening to. It may not be a conscious, 'Wow, violence seems like such a great idea now!' thought, but there is a definitive subconscious difference. This could the listener to have alternate thought processes, and potential destructive behavior.

It is true that bad people could have a preference for 'bad' music (I don't mean to imply that it's distasteful music, only that if unstable people were to consistently listen to it, as opposed to more upbeat styles, that they might be led to do bad things.), but when you factor in the studies like the one I have listed above, these occurrences seem like more than a coincidence.
Debate Round No. 2
Cluelesslyintelligent

Con

Cluelesslyintelligent forfeited this round.
Anon_Y_Mous

Pro

Aw. . . I was looking forwards to this.

Also, one is usually supposed to provide a citation for their argument, not just copy and paste it.

http://www.kaneland.org...
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Darong 3 years ago
Darong
@CluelesslyUnintelligent

I'm not a douche.
Posted by Cluelesslyintelligent 3 years ago
Cluelesslyintelligent
Is EVERYONE on this website such a douche? -_-
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Reasons for voting decision: Should be quite obvious why Pro won.
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Reasons for voting decision: This was a terrible debate. Con quit, so pro wins by default. Conduct goes to pro, since con called everyone a Douche in the comments.