Music in the past 10 years has become increasingly violent. Since music is one of the key defining points of a culture, children and young people are growing in a culture that glorifies violence in its music. Consequently, the rate of violence in young people has gone up drastically over the past 10 years.
Music is defined as an art of sound, silence and rhythm. Music is categorized as pop, jazz, classical and many more based on certain elements of music such as pitch,intensity ,quality and etc. Choice of music depends on mood, age and generation, it doesn't purely portray the culture of a society or generation. It speaks of the abstract ideas and skills of an individual. Therefore, one can't solely blame a style of music named POP MUSIC to be promoting violence. If violence is to be eradicated an individual needs to follow a disciplined living rather blaming pop songs and hard rock. It is to be noted that music turns out to noise when it exceeds 100 decibel or less. A pop music if maintained within the soothing range can't promote violence
While you are correct, in terms of a definition, there is no denying that pop music has become edgier in the past decade or so. Additionally, the reason that this style of music is called POP MUSIC is because it is popular. It permeates society on all fronts. When a radio is turned on, much of the time it is turned to a pop station. This is not to say that there are not people who may choose to listen to classical or rap, but the grand majority of the population is listening to pop music. Studies have also shown that music CAN affect behavior. A study performed by Rubin, West, and Mitchell proved that youth who listened to more violent music were more likely to engage in violent behaviors. As is common knowledge, youth and adolescents are incredibly impressionable. This means that subconscious cues, even in song lyrics, can prompt various behaviors. Finally, the pop artists are regarded by many to be modern idols. Their every action is observed and recorded by photographers and interviewers for all to see. In a recent survey, 12% of children between 5 and 11 wanted to be a pop star. This result was second only to being a sports star. This means that pop stars are gaining more recognition and younger followers. Song lyrics are expressions of what a pop star and idol thinks "should be."
Well I agree to the fact that POP MUSIC is the beat of the youth. Redefining the term POP MUSIC, it is basically a commercially recorded music using latest technologies to get variations in existing as well as new themes. So the question that lies underneath is Is it Technology and Development that is to be blamed? I guess it's obviously No. So why consider pop music to be a weapon of violence rather probe deeper into the real cause of violence. If pop music is to be considered as a prime root cause of violence among the younger generation then its a myth. The reality behind violence is far more serious and complicated which can't be defined by negative impacts of music alone. Pop music is not deleterious. It has detrimental effects on society in terms of health if ethics and instructions are violated. Otherwise pop music is the soul of a stressless living.
Reasons for voting decision: Conduct goes to Con for a forfeiture by Pro in the last round. However, I feel Pro had more convincing arguments as they listed statistics and cited studies that showed a correlation between behaviors and music types. Pro gets sources for citing sources to the studies/statistics. S&G were equally fine.
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