Originally posted by Wildbob77
I'm finding this more than a little hard to believe.
There are a number of reasons for the number number of people in jail in the US. The first would be the drug laws. Eighty five percent of crime is in
one way or another associated with our current drug laws.
The second major contributing factor would be three strikes laws. Many many career criminals have been put behind bars for ever.
I don't think that it was an agreement between record execs and private jails. That just seems to simplistic to me.
I do believe that there could be an agreement now that they realize that music is such a powerful motivator of personal behavior. Eminem in his own
"They say music can alter moods and talk to you.
But can it load a gun up for you and cock it too?
Well if it can, then the next time you assault a dude,
just tell the judge it was my fault, and I'll get sued.
See what these kids do, is, hear about us totin' pistols, and,
they wanna get one 'cuz they think the #*&$s cool,
not knowing we really just protectin' ourselves.
We entertainers, of course the $$s affectin' our sales,
you ignoramus. But music is reflection of self,
we just explain it, and then we get our checks in the mail..."
At the same time, I do not see the music execs as separate from prison system execs. They're all the same in their wild lust for money and power.
They'll do anything to wage war against the people and get money. The music industry sees that people are very easily bored, and thus they will
continue to shock people in any way they can to keep sales steady.
What they actually did was to take what is already happening in the lives of plenty of people, and put that into music. That is how they connect to
you, and it's the only way they can. They can't sing about glowing rainbow unicorns because people would say, WTH, and turn it off. (Or, maybe it
would work, since sometimes anything that catches us off guard or as wild and stupid, can make us laugh.)
But, there were millions of people going through this, and if anyone is going to "get in touch" with those people, the music and entertainment
industry will. It had to happen, and it will continue to.
That said, these people have no limits on how low they will go. They will make music about anything, even if it ruins people's lives, and they do,
and it does. Anything you are feeling, music can bring that to the surface. That can be a huge problem because it can cause you to do things that you
would not have otherwise, due to the flood of emotions. Sure, it feels good at the time, a release, but it can push you over the edge. It's
potentially dangerous, but so are many other things. Too bad that most people never consider that music can affect them so strongly, as can movies and
TV. They think that because it's "just a ong, movie, show>" that it doesn't matter. Your brain interprets those things as real, whether you label
it whatever you consider it. That is why you react emotionally to it as if it were.
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