wrt 205 final paper

According to dr james johnsons article on clearing up

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According to Dr. James Johnson’s article on “Clearing up hip-hop’s bad rap” he relays to the readers that it isn’t the artist or artist managers who have the power to change this norm that has come to be accepted. The people who have the power are the owners of the record labels who regulate what the artist can demonstrate to the viewers (Johnson 1). This means we can no longer lash out at the artists who were presumably the culprits, but now we have to focus our attention on corporate America who is the reason behind all that is viewed and aired on all the different available means of media. The corporate people are the record label owners and the artist managers who regulate what the artist performs. The reason for this is that they are capitalizing on the talents of other individuals. They are the exploiters who are really benefiting financially while everyone else was blaming the artist for how women are being portrayed in the media. Even though today’s rap and hip-hop artist are the so called “exploiters” of women, there are still many current artists who do not fall under the category of being characterized as sex objects. Musical icons such as Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, and Anita Baker, and more recent Alicia Keys all made their fortunes with their lyrical ability. They didn’t have to sell their bodies or fall victim to corporate America. They have not only come to be known as having some of the best voices known to music but they have become symbols of elegance, sexiness without the “sex image” ties to them, and admirable citizens. These beautiful women should be a source of inspiration for the new up and coming female artists. They should serve as role models for this new artist who are confused about what music is and the manner in which a lady should carry herself. Women are supposed to be majestic, elegant, graceful, and inspirational figures in life. They should not be people who are sloppy, with low self esteem, promiscuous, or sex symbols. So we as music video viewers need to aid in the change of women in the hip-hop and rap music industry. We can start by not buying artist music that uses lude and excessive language when it comes to women. We can also stop watching the programs that show women shaking their bottom and being followed by an entourage of men. Isaac Newton’s who was an influential figure in his time has left models to be followed for all generations. He was an American astronomer, physicist, philosopher, mathematician, and theologian (Newton 2). This ripples down to the psychological aspect of human beings. According to Isaac Newton third law, one of the most influential men in human history; for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction (Newton 1). In the context that I will be using it this means for everything you do or partake in that results in either a positive or negative change there is an ultimate outcome. Our action is to change and stop this perpetual cycle of women in
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  • Spring '08
  • Yager
  • Writing, Norm, Funk, Hip hop music, Music genre

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