OPINION: Influence

“Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another” – Napoleon Hill.


In this post, I want to talk about the influence music has on society and people in general. One example of this influence that music can have is on teenagers. All the time, adults are blaming teenage criminals’ behavior on the type of music they listen to. For example, they might think that rap music causes teens to commit crime, or heavy metal music can cause depression and other problems in teens. However, if you look deeper into the problem, you can see that most of the teen’s who commit crimes actually have a family history of crime, and studies show that this is more a cause of crimes than the music itself. Instead, the music can act as a gateway for teens who are having problems.



Another way that music can influence society is through the opposite end of the spectrum – pop music. Very frequently, we hear about “flash mobs gone horrible wrong” on the news. As I just said, this is the opposite effect that metal and rap can have on society. While those types of music can promote solitude and violence, pop music does exactly the opposite of that. These flash mobs, for anybody who doesn’t know, are giant gatherings of people, usually organized by people on Facebook or Twitter, who get out in a public place and basically dance to a popular song. The problem with this is that organizers want as many people as possible to attend, right? So, they can choose to make the event public. This means that anybody with bad intentions can come to these flash mobs and cause havoc. In most cases, these flash mobs are fine, but there is always that story of that one time that something violent happens. Ane xample of this is in Minnesota, when a 27 year old man and his nephews were assailed by 20-30 “juveniles”*. Note, I am not criticizing pop music itself for these problems (for once), rather the effects that music can cause.


As you can see, there are many influences that music can have on society. I will try to post another blog about this topic in the near future, as I think there is a lot more to be said about this topic. 

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Jacob Montgomery 

*-Full Story at http://www.citypages.com/2012-04-04/news/flash-mobs-attack-minneapolis/


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