One last comment regarding the “emo” article that I posted about yesterday:
Music can accomplish much: it can set a mood and it can change a mood, but to credit it with inciting an action foreign to the thoughts of an individual is to give it more power than it has. It can soothe the savage beast because at times the savage beast is naturally soothed. Music will not cause someone to commit suicide unless it is validating thoughts that that individual already has. The suicide is not in the music, but in the mind of the individual who acts.
Not that I like a lot of what passes for “music” now (I did see something recently regarding the brain getting “wired” at a younger age than I am now as to what music it likes, making “appreciation” of “newer music” much more difficult).
I certainly dislike and do not support angry, cruel, violent, misogynist lyrics in some music today. I do think that those lyrics (along with much of current TV and movies) “desensitize” people, allowing us to slide into a less humane society. That should be addressed, but don’t write off action as the result of “music” (or movies or TV) and feel that all we have to do is eliminate the “music”.
Don’t “treat” the “music”, treat the individual, encourage the individual to get treatment.