BY: Dan Phale *
In this article the main focus is on such music that has a huge potential to cause moral decay and aggression and/or violence among human beings. It should be understood by all of us that the relationship between music aggression or violence as well as immorality and the real world aggression and immorality is often moderated by the nature of the music content. But the overall magnitude of the bad effects is sufficiently huge to place it in the category of known and possible threats to human life.
Let us begin by unanimously agreeing that one of the notable and very great changes in our social environment in this era is such an advent of mass media that include computer networks, a radio, and a television. Be it for better or worse, the mass media have posed very great impact on people’s daily lives, the notable indicators of which are people’s values, beliefs, and behaviours.
Recently, a local musician in my homeland has been found on the wrong side of the music world. Just like many other morally reckless music artists he (name withheld) has released a song whose words have been widely interpreted as calculated or likely to encourage or induce men to sexually victimise ladies.
Actually, the best music is the one which is there to provide us with virtually such elements that can enable us get along with life on earth. For example, a good song is a very effective painkiller to any emotional pain felt by any aggrieved person. But in a sharp contrast, a very great concern is that in the music industry most of the songs contain morally and/or sexually violent language and lyrics which can likely have an enormous bearing on males attitude toward women and all other vulnerable groups of people. In fact such music poses a great threat to the vulnerable people because it gives rise to an increased rates of aggression and unethical behaviour in the real world.
At the present time there are many reports, as compiled by various social researchers, which indicate that the young people who have ever been exposed to violent songs – either on radio, or on the television – have always felt more hostile than those who have so far listened or watched similar but nonviolent songs.
In this regard it is requisite that we have to jointly suppress such bad effects of music by ensuring that music artists adhere to the ethics of human conduct. Every child or young person should be manifestly barred from listening to, or watching on television, such songs which contain explicit content… Furthermore, there should be very much strong legal measures, herein termed as the Censorship Laws, which can help curb proliferation of unethical and/or immoral songs. Otherwise the world is destined to witness more horrible, immoral, and dehumanising acts than ever before.