Outline for Negative Effects of Rap Music

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Sammy Livingston
Professor Montgomery
Writing 101- Outline
November 9, 2010
Rap Music and its Effects on Teenagers
Even though there is no direct correlation between rap music and the crimes or mischievous behaviors of teenagers, the physiological effect it has on them has been proven to be negative, we cannot place the blame rap music and videos, but instead we should look to find out what’s the real problem with our teenagers. I. The issue of rap music’s so called “negative effect” on teenagers as well as young adults has become more serious in recent years. II. There are studies that can to a certain degree link crime or negative activities to rap music. A. Denise Herd’s article explores the role of changing images of violence in rap music lyrics from the 1970s to the 1990s. The results indicate that there has been a dramatic and sustained increase in the level of violence in rap music. B. Most teenagers do not have a definite personality, so they imitate what they see on T.V. III. A behavioral contrast between teens who listen to rap music versus those who don’t should be compared. A. In a study of 72 African-American males done by DeReef F. Jamison completed measures of African Self-Consciousness, Cultural Misorientation, Hyper masculinity, and a Rap Music Preference Index were found during this study. B. Violence, subordination of women, competition, and aggression are some of the negative behaviors that have been accredited to teenagers who listen to rap music. C. On the other hand teenagers who don’t listen to rap music tend to do be more considerate, do better in school, and get in less trouble. IV. We need to find ways to improve the overall image that comes across when teenagers is either viewed or hear rap music. A. Video’s need to display women in a more respectable and positive manner, while at the same time shunning violence and drugs. B. Bring to attention the videos that done well (in sales),...
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