Selective Hearing

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Selective Hearing


Music is a creative outlet for emotions, expressions and personal issues. It is also a
place to force ideas and opinions on a mass of thousands. People can relate to it on many
levels. But the problem of who should be responsible or regulate it exists. Who should
decide what is played or sold?


Music has had both a negative and positive reactions, especially with the young. Should
the parents be responsible or should the artists themselves? Should the Studios (Labels)
take the heat or should the government get involved?


In the past couple of decades, music has been in trouble. It has been said to be the cause
of deaths, suicides, unwanted sexual behavior, and other forms of indecency. It has taken
blame for everything no one wants to be responsible for.


In 1985, Prince had a hit record with "Purple Rain". On the album contained the song
"Darling Nikki" about a sexual woman who was "masturbating with a magazine". The song went
on about with a sexual tone. Tipper Gore, felt that this was not proper for her daughter
to have. She felt that the music needed to have ratings. She founded the PMRC - Parent
Music Resource Center. They wanted a standard rating system to alert parents to the types
of music that kids were listening to such ratings as "X" for sex related and "V" for
violence. This was shot down. Instead, a "parental advisory explicit content" sticker was
chosen. The PMRC is now made up of 19 women. Tipper Gore has since left the group now that
her husband is vice president. They still are an active voice in the fight for free
speech. The question raised is shouldn't parent be monitoring children's music anyhow? Has
the family unit become that dysfunctional? What exactly can parents do? For one, parents
should have some understanding of their kids and realize that times are changing and so
are the kids. But in many cases the parents do not. Things are different than when most
parents were kids. Relate to children on that level of "now". Talk openly about hard
subjects such as drugs, violence, and sex. As for music, parents should be with the child
in the store. Sales people should not be babysitters for kids. Parents should inquire
about store policies and ask why something has the advisory. Most stores will tell parents
the reasons. Parents could involve themselves with lawmakers to make structured laws
against music. But they do that and it makes it more appealing to youth as a "rebellious"
stage, something they are not supposed to have.


In 1990, the group 2live Crew released the album "As Nasty As They Wanna Be" which sparked
the single "Me So Horny". This album was deemed obscene and was quick to be pulled off the
shelves. Any store found selling this would be closed and the person be arrested. Such a
case happened. So why was this album so bad? Some felt this was so bad, it was like
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