William West Sep 17 Has the time come for families to become their own censors -- to take over a task long considered the province of government-backed agencies? There are two main reasons for raising the question -- first, because these days government bodies seem to be neglecting their duties in this area, and second, because parents thanks to the age of computerisation now have the capacity to do the job themselves. Whatever your opinion, the fact is that more and more parents are taking up the challenge, not only where the films they show their kids are concerned, but in all areas of access to information and entertainment, from news publications and music to internet access.
Introduction Our society today largely views censorship as a method that has disappeared from liberal cultures since the enlightenment with the exception of restrictions in time of war. The enlightenment served to cripple the intolerance of incisive religious and government leaders, but did not obliterate censorship altogether.
Instead, the job of expurgating unacceptable ideas has simply fallen into new hands using new tactics. Censors now assume the guise of capitalist retailers and distributors, special-interest groups, and less influential but still passionate religious and government authorities.
Their new techniques are market-censorship dominating the marketplaceconstituitive censorship the control of languagepower-knowledge restricting knowledgeas well as the traditional regulative censorship law.
The practice of music censorship has been observed for years now but still remains to be a contentious issue. It can stem from a law imposed by a government or voluntary censorship done by private individuals on their music and lyrics. » Inappropriate Content in Music; Inappropriate Content in Music This is the thorny question many parents face when their children bring home music they find offensive. Where the line is drawn is largely dependent on family values and the maturity and temperament of the child. The report showed that albums containing explicit content. The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was an American committee formed in with the stated goal of increasing parental control over the access of children to music deemed to have violent, drug-related or sexual themes via labeling albums with Parental Advisory stickers. The committee was founded by four women known as the "Washington Wives" – a reference to their husbands' connections with .
These new forces can be as equally effective as the forces of remote history. We notice the effect of post-enlightenment civilization as early as the nineteenth-century in the great Russian humanist Aleksandr Herzin. Herzin left his native country in protest of Czarist censorship only to feel "profound disillusionment with the extremely narrow limits of permission imposed on freedom of expression by market censorship in the West" Jansen This author will explore how these forces are affecting the free expression of musicians and lyricists of popular music in the United States, show how censorship has failed to work as planned, and provide a solution to the problem.
Music as Literature and Art Music lyrics are essentially composed as poems, ballads, monologues, and the like, and set to music. They may take the form of actual spoken or sung sounds or of written words, as literature does. Any form of literature can be sung with musical accompaniment and become lyrics.
Remove the music and we are left with literature. Lyrics are therefore a form literature. All the concepts that apply to literature can therefore apply to lyrics. This author shall employ such concepts, including laws regarding public speech and public press, in my analysis of music censorship.
Censors throughout history are familiar with this association of music and the press, attacking each in similar fashion. Jeremy Collier, a seventeenth-century Englishman, thought that music was "almost as dangerous as gunpowder" and might require "looking after no less than the press" Rodnitzky Lyrics also constitute an art form.
Musicians are artists who create something new using a certain amount of creativity. The result displays an aesthetic quality, though it may also have other emotional and analytical attributes. Lyrics can then be considered art and concepts concerning art may be applied to them, as this author chooses to do.
The Importance of Art Before this author can discuss how and why music is being censored, it is vital to explain the significance of art in our lives.
Picasso said, "All art is a lie that helps us to see the truth better.
Art can be a window, a passage way for our minds to perceive the external world. Art can also be a mirror, a way of looking out and perceiving ourselves. It is important for the images in the mirror to keep changing so they may accurately reflect ourselves.» Inappropriate Content in Music; Inappropriate Content in Music This is the thorny question many parents face when their children bring home music they find offensive.
Where the line is drawn is largely dependent on family values and the maturity and temperament of the child. The report showed that albums containing explicit content. The Labeling of Music Albums for Parents to Censor Content for Their Children The Labeling of Music Albums for Parents to Censor Content for Their.
on rutadeltambor.com - Other, Essay - bena, ID - . Critics charge that although the music industry warns parents of inappropriate lyrics with labels, at the same time it’s aggressively marketing explicit music to young people.
In December , the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report showing how media industries, including the music industry, aggressively market media meant for adults to young children.
Jan 11, · Tipper Gore, who launched a successful campaign for warning labels on explicit music lyrics, says parents are still the best line of defense against indecent material aimed at children.
Nathaniel T. Belcik, "Parental Advisory Explicit Lyrics: A Case Study of Music Censorship and Suppression in America" (April 26, ). Young Historians Conference. Jan 04, · Mrs. Gore and other Parents' Center officials first met last fall with executives of MTV, the dominant cable-music channel, to propose clustering explicit videos, a suggestion that has not been.