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Negative Effects of Music on Children

Music has changed a lot throughout the course of about a decade. Everything from the sounds of the music, to the styles of the members in the bands has gone through many different fads. Lyricists have found new and unusual ways of making music their own style, and some of those ways have been labeled as controversial. One kind of music that has gotten unfairly labeled as controversial is rap/hip-hop music. The artists who write the music are often labeled as bad people, and also as being detrimental to young listeners. Lately, debate over the content and impact of entertainment has bubbled over into the mainstream as journalists and politicians state what many families have believed for a while: music effects children (Smithouser, 2000, p.3). Music alone however, is not responsible for the negative impacts that it is blamed for today.

Environmental factors, in addition to the controversial lyrics, may have a slight effect on how a child acts. In doing research, many critics of rap and hip-hop are of certain ethnic backgrounds. One group that is very involved in the fight against rappers, specifically Eminem, is gay and lesbian clubs. Eminem's use of the word "faggotaE...

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