Music, Lyrics and Free Speech Persuasive Essay by Top Papers

Music, Lyrics and Free Speech
An argument that rock music and musicians cannot be held responsible for teenagers' suicide.
# 137243 | 1,000 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2008 | US

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The paper discusses how parents are blaming rock music and musicians for the suicide of their teenagers. The paper looks at how rocker Ozzy Ozbourne has been cited for two deaths, and having asserted his First Amendment rights, he won the cases with the understanding that there was no intent of the lyrics to promote suicide. The paper sharply divides art (music) from reality and chastises those groups who blame music and musicians for tragedy.

From the Paper:

"People are gullible. Young people even more so. This is certainly true in what we could easily consider an age of anxiety for adolescents today. But does an act of desperation such as suicide supposedly upon hearing a piece of music by a rocker fall into the area of "Free Speech?" Should a musician be held accountable for the results of his music and lyrics? The problem is not so much the musician, as the fact that he or she is considered some sort of icon by millions of young people world-wide. This is not a recent phenomenon: "... music is more powerful than television for young people in particular. The AMA concluded in a 1989 report that...""

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