Music over censorship on the radio. The FCC’s goal

Music Censorship and the Impact on the Younger Generation The Federal Communications Commission(FCC) controls what can and cannot be played on the airwaves and it has done so for a long time. The FCC was formed by the communications act of 1934. Since then there has been constant debate over censorship on the radio. The FCC’s goal is to make the radio safe to listen to and available to everyone in the United States without discrimination against race, religion, gender, etc. The FCC does this by censoring the play of explicit music in two ways. The most common form of censorship is with bleeping and this is where words deemed as bad by the FCC are replaced with a beep sound. The other form of censorship is where a song is considered to have so much explicit content that the song is banned from airplay. In addition, if the radio stations do not comply with the censorship demands they can also be fined by the FCC, but even with all of the current censorship it is not enough. This is because censorship today does not address the references to drugs, alcohol, and immoral ideas. This is why so many children and adolescents are affected by this because there are many times when parents are not able to control what their children listen to. The importance of this is that exposing the younger generation to this kind of music can be prevented with increased censorship. Furthermore, the biggest thing at stake is the future lives of the children because if they are exposed to the bad concepts of these songs they can be corrupted at an early age. My solution to the censorship problem is for the FCC to increase censorship and create stricter guidelines and punishments for radio stations when they play music that is considered too explicit for younger audiences. The guidelines for what will be considered too explicit will have two major violations. The first and the most obvious will be explicit content like cuss words and discriminatory language. Radio stations will need to use bleep censoring to avoid any violations. Furthermore, the other major violation will be playing songs that have references to drugs, alcohol, violence, or any form of discrimination. For, the first guideline to avoid any violations the radio station would need to use bleep censoring; however, for the second guideline any song that violates the terms will be banned from all radio play. If either of these guidelines are not followed then responsible radio station will be required to pay a hefty fine within thirty days of the offense, or risk the chance of being shut down. With the stricter guidelines and punishments the radio will become safe for any audience to listen to the radio.Lyrics Promote Drug Use Improper censorship of music with hidden drug references has influenced the mindset of drugs in a negative way. Instead of, teaching the younger generation that drugs are bad for you, certain genres of music do the opposite. One of the major genres of music that has many references to drug use is rap music. The main problem with the current censorship of rap music with drug references is that radio stations only use bleep censoring. Which is good for getting rid of the cussing, but still leaves the drug references to be heard by the younger audience. The significance of this is that rap is one of the most popular genres of music shown by the fact that:A National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) -sponsored survey of adult music preferences in the United States found that rap/hip hop music was among the fastest growing music genres over the past 10 years, increasing substantially from 12% of the adult population to 17%. In 2002, 37 million adults listened to music in this genre. (Herd, 2008, pp. 169)While Herd’s facts show the staggering amount of adults that listen to rap music it still doesn’t show how many children listen to this genre. Furthermore, the more that adults listen to rap the more likely younger kids are to listen to the same music. This is because kids look up to adults as role models and they want to be like their role models causing the children to have similar interests to these role models. In addition, this also leads into the popularity of rap music in relation to the changes in presence and attitude towards drugs.  Note. The data in tables I and IV are from “Changes in drug use prevalence in rap music songs, 1979–1997” by D. Herd, 2008, Addiction Research and Theory, p.68. Copyright 2008 by Taylor & Francis LtdLooking at table one it is shown that the percentage of songs with drugs has drastically increased going from eleven percent to sixty-nine percent over the course of 18 years. These findings show that over the years while rap has become popular the references to drugs have also become more popular. This should be a concern for parents for the simple fact that their child is at an increased chance of being exposed to drugs at an early age. Another alarming statistics for parents is change in attitude towards drugs in rap songs. As shown in table four the percent for positive attitudes in rap songs has increased from sixteen percent to fifty-eight percent. While the