How artists are blamed for violence in today's society

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Violent lyrics cause violent behavior?

Music has been around for thousands of years. Certain types of music appeal to everyone. When was the last time you have heard someone say that they don't enjoy any type of music, at all? Lately, music has been criticized for corrupting the minds of young people. Rap is being blamed for many crimes and murders in cities all over America, and heavy metal is being blamed for giving teens dark images and thoughts, and poisoning their minds. The media criticizes rap and rock music, and blame the lyrics for influencing teens negatively. Parents tend to blame bands like KoRn and Limp Bizkit for their child's problems. A person should look at the family background of the person committing the crimes. Most criminals come from dysfunctional families, which would explain why a person would turn to a life of crime. When someone hears Eminem's music, they do not go out and do what he says.

Lyrics from Eminem and other similar lyrics are for entertainment only. I hear far worse words and phrases during school than on a rap album, and the words have proven not to affect me or anybody I know.

Rappers are blamed constantly. In 1988, rapper Ice-T was under the gun from the media because of a song he wrote called, "Cop Killa". Once that song was released, several police murderers said they did it because of Ice-T's song. Is it Ice-T's fault for these crimes, or is it the fault of the person committing these crimes? The musician should not be the one blamed. Police officers were being shot before that song. The people who committed the crimes only used Ice-T to hold responsible. All cops know that their jobs are dangerous, yet they still take the job. A group...