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Music and Society

There is no disputing that society is influenced by its choices of entertainment. Some ways in which people are influenced are positive, but others are harmful. In the society we live in, the harmful ways always outnumber the positive. If we gravitated toward the positive forms of entertainment a little more often than the negative, then our society would have fewer problems. Popular music has a negative effect on society and endorses a lack of creativity.Most popular music today is driven by violence and sex. These musicians put out albums that glorify violence and promote causal sex. When the albums are being produced, the artist does not think of how it will affect the perspective merchant. When produced in a society different from the one in which it is being marketed, it often induces society to act out what is heard on the album. Too often this brings about added violence and increased drug use on our streets. Since our society leans toward what is popular, this causes more underage drinking coupled with the use of drugs. The use of drugs is outrageous in our society, with more and more young people experimenting as a means to be accepted by the “in” crowd. People hate the fact of the happening, not being with the popular crowd. Few teens try to develop independent minds because that would cause them to be creative and different.That brings us to another point-- that most popular music is neither unique nor creative. Just about all of the music coming out now is generally the same. It lacks creativity because artists are just in it to make money, not for the love of music. Society is force-fed this bland music on a daily basis. Through radio stations and the emergence of MTV, new hit songs come out every week and people digest them, claiming to enjoy them just so that they appear to be versed on the latest “on hit wonder” groups. Since the music is generally the same and really does not c...

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