Is music censorship a good thing?
by nicsylvestre on September 9, 2013 - 7:41pm
Music is a part of our everyday life. Most of us can listen to music for hours. We are listening to music in our car, on our iPod in the bus, when we walk, when we do our homework and before going to bed. So, we can say that music pace our day. What if the music everybody hears on the radio and on the television was not censored? The article I read on the subject explains both sides of music censorship.
In the article Music Censorship: An Overview by Heater Newton, it is explained that music censorship has existed since the 1800s where the Southerners were prohibited from singing Confederate songs after the Civil War ended, but became more like nowadays about the 1950s with the emerging of rock. Songs were banned because they had sexually explicit lyrics and during a musical performance from Elvis Presley at The Ed Sullivan Show, the king was only filmed from the waist up over because it was considered too sexual. Nowadays, music is censored for using sexual words, racist words or violent words. The songs that contain these words are censored on the radio, on the television, in public events and when you buy a hard copy CD of an artist at a shop like HMV. When you buy a CD, there is a little sticker preventing the buyer that it contains offensive or explicit lyrics. This approach is made to prevent children to hear these words all the time during their childhood and creating bad image of the world or having bad habits. Not everyone is in favor of censorship.
Firstly, people who believe music censorship is not good are basing their beliefs on the fact that we all have a freedom of speech and it should not be blocked. They also think it is the responsibility of the parents to make sure their children listen to the proper music for their age. Everyone should have the right to say what they want and the music is made to let the artists express their emotions and what they want. They say that the law should stay the same and not change, people should of the right to buy and listen to what they want.
Secondly, other people believe that music censorship is important for the security of the children and for tolerance. They say that violent music is linked to crime and killing, so if children listen to violent music, they will be more attracted to commit crimes when they will be older. Plus, it’s not good for young children to hear about how to kill someone or using drugs. Furthermore, in those songs, the artists often use lyrics which degrade women and others that are racist. So, for a child, hearing those things will make him have bad views on women and on people that are not the same color as him.
In my opinion, music censorship is good and it should stay the same way it is now. Children should not hear explicit lyrics in music playing in public places; it is not good for their development. Although, we should be able to buy the explicit songs that we want and continue to see the warning labels on the albums. I feel the current laws in place are equitable for both parties. How would the public be reacting if there was no more censorship?
Newton, Heather. ‘’Music Censorship: An Overview.’’ Point of view: Music censorship(2013): 1.Points of view reference center. Web. 9 Sept. 2013