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The Roman Empire The Roman Empire / Римская империя The Roman Empire had a huge task in front of them while it was first starting out and while it was becoming a dominant dynasty in the early civilizations. The main problem that the book "Discovering the Global Past" points out is how the Roman Empire found itself growing a little too quickly. The Roman Empire started out very small...

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U.S. Financial System U.S. Financial System / Финансовая система США Corporations have the need to raise capital for a number of reasons. Smaller firms need capital to start up operations. Larger firms need capital to expand operations and to finance inventory. There are various ways in which a firm can raise capital through the financial system and numerous individuals and entities...

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Microburst Microburst / Микропорыв There are many safety factors that pilots have to take into consideration while completing a safe flight. Everything has to be taken into mind when planning a flight. From weight and balance to preflight inspections. One safety factor that is impossible to have control over is weather. There are many aspects of weather that can affect an aircraft,...

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Romanian Orphanages Romanian Orphanages / Румынские сироты Imagine a hospital that, at one time ran smoothly helping the public, now with the primary objection of taking care of the thousands of abandoned infants and children. This is the reality in Romania when Nicolae Ceausescu was in power. In 1966 he created an Anti-Abortion/Contraception law in order to raise the population and...

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Introducing Christian Ethics Introducing Christian Ethics / Введение в христианскую этику The book that I have chosen to do my book review on is Introducing Christian Ethics, written by Henlee H. Barnette. This book deals with many Christian ethical decisions based on biblical foundations that are applied to various major problems. Some of the major problems pertain to the self,...

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Music Censorship

Топик на английском по теме: Music / Музыка

Music Censorship

Music Censorship / Цензура в музыке

You are driving down the highway for a summer road trip across the country. The passengers are craving some Chili Peppers, so you place a call to the local radio station and request the song Aeroplane. The dj on the other end tells you it has just been put on a list of potentially inappropriate songs as a result of the 9/11 attack, the station won’t play it, how could this be? First of all the word isn’t even airplane. Secondly, the lyrics reference music as being an aeroplane, simply as a way of exploring the world. Unfortunately, this is only one way censorship has corrupted listening experiences for music lovers around the country. Censorship has plagued the music industry. No artist should be silenced, regardless of the message.

For starters, music content is just one of many issues that puts the first amendment to work. Mass Mic, an organization which fights against music censorship said, “The First Amendment to the constitution extends freedom of speech to all Americans… The First Amendment protects the rights of artists to produce controversial material.” As a result of censorship, bands are losing fan support because some stores won’t sell music with parental advisory stickers to persons under the age of 18. Stores are concerned with potential lawsuits against them for exposing children to unsuitable music. In 2004, the Skeen’s family was shocked when they heard the f-word in a song their 13-year-old daughter was listening to. In an extreme action, they sued Wal-Mart since the store isn’t supposed to carry CD’s with parental advisory labels even though it wasn’t present. Parents are so concerned about youth crime and suicide, and they just don’t know what to do about it. Music is something that stereotypes kids, so it’s easy to focus on. Still, TV, movies, and the Internet are all prime sources to get to more detailed information on the same controversial subjects that lyrics at times make mention to.

Exposure to what some consider potentially dangerous isn’t always something to be scared of. Many artists use their lyrics to share their experiences with drugs and sex to educate listeners of the consequences. It’s never been proven that music causes people to do bad things. In one study it was found if you ask kids to tell you the story of their favorite song, they can’t. They can only infer what the artist is making reference of. The artists should not be at fault if their lyrics were misinterpreted. Secondly, people listen use music to focus feeling and influence their minds with excitement and energy. In Memphis, minors are banned from going to potentially harmful concerts. Inhibiting an artists right to share their true feelings through lyrical expression is like inhibiting a person to be fully human.

If parents are concerned with the messages their children may receive, it is their responsibility to spend time with them, find out what the kids are about, and teach them about personal morals and values. This is the most affective form of protection. Not censoring music, as many people think should happen. In the words of Eric Nuzum, a music censorship adversary, “Music doesn’t have to be patriotic, sensitive, or even make sense. Music, at its most fundamental core, is freedom. It just needs to be there.”



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