Our expert says:
I guess maybe that "communal reinforcement" theory might help to explain the re-election of George Bush !
But isn't the concern that some significant proportion of young people, especially when younger than you, are never taught to or encouraged to make wise decisions like you do, but go with the crowd ?
I don't believe anybody ever decided to murder someone just because they heard about it in a song --- but that's hardly the question. What if you were a terribly disturbed geek, solitary and seething with some imagined grievance against someone else --- THEn is it possible that a song with a lyric that implies it's OK, maybe even good, to go ahead and do something violent, might tip you over the edge ?
I think the difference that could at times be significance is this. Look at Shakespeare --- he dealt with murder and many bloody and ugly acts within his plays. But nobody every imitated these acts --- partly because of the quality of his work compared with the trash of today's pop writers ( they work in a factory to churn out stuff designed for commercial success, with specific ingredients, rather than being artistically independent ) , because he addressed these acts and moticves within a complex context, and because he never made them seem superficial and cool.
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