Multiple Source Essay #2 - Final Draft

Multiple Source Essay #2 - Final Draft - McLean 1 Sarah...

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McLean 1 Sarah McLean 13 March 2007 English 112 Paul Bissa Multiple Source Essay #2 – Rough Draft Are Ozzy Osborne or Marilyn Manson to blame for the thousands of murders, mass murders and suicides across the nation? What about other types of media? Many people say yes, and an equal number of people say no. It is fact that many teenagers leave suicide notes with lyrics from a band or artist and that teens will blame their behavior on actions they saw portrayed in movies or even on the news. The question we must ask ourselves is whether or not this is true and, more importantly, is it provable? We need to know if these branches of media are the cause of these violent acts, or if the powers that be create music, television and movies to play off of feelings teens already have. The three main factors that contribute to cause teen violence are music with violent lyrics; fictional media such as television, video games and movies; and non- fictional media such as watching the news or even viewing violence first hand. The first factor teenage violence is blamed on is music. It is fact that many teenagers relate to music, and use the lyrics to express what they’re feeling. Rappers and rock stars are becoming the largest role models in many teenagers’ lives. Most teens age 12-17 know exactly who Tupac is, but have never heard of Colin Powell (Tori). Sid Kirchheimer, writer for WedMD Medical News, agrees with Tori that musicians are a large influence on children’s lives. A study done on 522 black girls between 14-18 years old who lived in lower socio-economic neighborhoods and listened to rap music showed that they were trying to emulate that life style and thus more likely to engage in destructive behaviors. These behaviors included being three
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McLean 2 times more likely to hit a teacher, two and a half times more likely to be arrested, twice as likely to have multiple sex partners, and one and a half times more likely to get an STD, use drugs or drink alcohol. However it is not only rap music that affects teenagers’ attitudes. Isabelle Leymarie, a musicologist with a Ph.D. from Columbia University in ethnomusicology, cites research done by John Diamond, a specialist in behavioral physiology. This study showed that the strength of certain muscles varies according to the type of music being listened to. It was also found that certain frequencies can accelerate or slow down metabolic rates or induce hypnosis (Leymarie 218). Leymarie also says that “…natural sounds, like those of waves, the warbling of birds, and certain types of classical or African music, can create a sense of wellbeing and even a healing effect by harmonizing with our biorhythms.” Leymarie’s theories seem to modify
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