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Censorship and Music

             Censorship: supervision and control of the information and ideas that are circulated among the people within a society. Music is one of the most largely censored areas of self expressed ideas, be they true or fictional, the ideas expressed by artists/musicians will always be judged by the ideals they hold true or appear to represent. Censorship is a useful tool when used in moderation, but what we choose to listen to should be our decision and ours alone, and not left up to a group of uptight individuals and over protective parents. Shielding today's kids from today's music is not the answer to preventing "troubled youth" if anything it adds to the problem by forcing the kids to shatter their parents rule and over protective nature. An understanding of today's music is what's needed, and what music means to the artists who make it. The majority of music out today relates to the problems youth have and it helps them cope and put their problems at ease.
             "Parental Advisory- Explicit Lyrics," An advisory for parents created by .
             the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) in 1990's to inform parents of the content a music CD may contain and to appease the over protective nature of the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre). The PMRC is an organization established in the 1980's by religious fundamentalists and some parents" groups that waged a persistent campaign to limit the variety of cultural messages available to American youth. Organizations like the PMRC make it there personal goal to prevent lewd distasteful recordings of ever hitting the masses, where as the public should have the decisive power of what's distasteful or quality. Because in the end it's the public that decides if a song is a hit or flop. In 1968 many of Bob Dylan's music were banned from radio because his lyrics were too difficult to understand, many station managers feared the lyrics may contain offensive or lewd messages.

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