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    excuse me now....i'm going to put on some death metal and go out and kill somebody!!!!



    Study: Violent music boosts aggressive thoughts
    Monday, May 5, 2003 Posted: 2:38 AM EDT (0638 GMT

    LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Violent lyrics in songs increase aggression-related thoughts and emotions and could indirectly create a more hostile social environment, a study released on Sunday by a U.S. psychology association found.

    The Washington, D.C.-based American Psychological Association (APA) released the study, resulting from five experiments involving over 500 college students, in the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

    The violent songs increased feelings of hostility without provocation or threat, according to the study. It said the effect was not the result of differences in musical style, specific performing artist or arousal properties of the songs.

    Even the humorous violent songs increased aggressive thoughts, the study said.

    The group said the study contradicts a popular notion that listening to angry, violent music actually serves as a positive catharsis for people.

    The music industry came under criticism from lawmakers in October for failing to use more descriptive parental advisory labels that specify whether the music contains sex, violence or strong language.

    The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has said that current CD labels give parents enough information without violating the right to free expression.

    The RIAA is the trade group for the world's five big labels, including AOL Time Warner Inc., EMI Group Plc, Bertelsmann AG, Vivendi Universal's Universal Music and Sony Corp.

    In response to pressure from Tipper Gore, the wife of former Vice President Al Gore, the industry agreed in 1985 to put labels on records that contain explicit sex or violence. At the time, artists said the labels were government-sponsored censorship.

    Rock and stick
    During the APA's five experiments, conducted by researchers from Iowa State University and the Texas Department of Human Services examined the effects of seven violent songs by seven artists and eight nonviolent songs by seven artists.

    After listening, students were given various psychological tasks to measure aggressive thoughts and feelings, including asking the participants to classify words that have both aggressive and nonaggressive meanings, like rock and stick.

    Results of the experiments showed that violent songs led to more aggressive interpretations of ambiguously aggressive words and increased the relative speed with which people read aggressive versus nonaggressive words.

    "Such aggression-biased interpretations can, in turn, instigate a more aggressive response, verbal or physical, than would have been emitted in a nonbiased state, thus provoking an aggressive escalatory spiral of antisocial exchanges," said researcher Craig Anderson, in a statement.

    While researchers said repeated exposure to violent lyrics could indirectly create a more hostile social environment, they said it was possible the effects of violent songs may last only a fairly short time.
    I'll post, You argue.

  • #2
    Oh, gosh, what a liberal concept: music makes people feel! Wow.

    I guess I should feel MELLOW when the lyrics of a song are, "let the bodies hit the floor..."

    Haven't you ever been to a concert?

    [ 05-05-2003, 12:27 PM: Message edited by: CrazyinaJeep ]

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    • #3
      i always knew that rock n roll stuff would drive those kids wild!!!!!!

      listening to all that stuff probably makes them want to have sex too i bet!
      I'll post, You argue.

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      • #4
        "...ain't nothin' but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel..."

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        • #5
          Since I stopped listening to Rage Against the Machine, I haven't killed anyone, yet.
          Do your best, do what is right

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          • #6
            quote:
            Originally posted by IPDBrad:
            Since I stopped listening to Rage Against the Machine, I haven't killed anyone, yet.

            listening to celine dion will change that!!!!
            I'll post, You argue.

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            • #7
              Listening to Celine Dion makes you want to kill Celine Dion. Listening to Rage Against the Machine does not make you want to kill Celine Dion (any more than usual, at least).

              [ 05-05-2003, 01:39 PM: Message edited by: CrazyinaJeep ]

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              • #8
                quote:
                Originally posted by CrazyinaJeep:
                "...ain't nothin' but mammals, so let's do it like they do on the Discovery Channel..."

                "... doin it doggy style so we can watch the X-Files..."

                quote:
                Originally posted by CrazyinaJeep:
                Listening to Celine Dion makes you want to kill Celine Dion. Listening to Rage Against the Machine does not make you want to kill Celine Dion (any more than usual, at least).

                LMAO!

                [ 05-05-2003, 03:41 PM: Message edited by: jellybean40 ]
                "You did what you knew how to do...and when you knew better, you did better." ~~Maya Angelou

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                • #9
                  Yep and eatin' Twinkies and McDonald's fries just makes it worse!

                  "Americans don't want a mentally unstable president; he might start a war or something." - Bill Maher

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                  • #10
                    K...? SO I should stop listening to NIN and Manson while on patrol. Gotcha.

                    Abba still good, though?

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