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What would we know without studies?
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, April 02, 2008

In case this wasn't clear to you through personal observation, I suppose this makes it official:
Rap music has increasingly glamorized the use of illegal drugs, portraying marijuana, crack and cocaine as symbols of wealth and status, according to a new study by the journal Addiction Research & Theory.
More importantly:
"This is an alarming trend, as rap artists are role models for the nation's youth, especially in urban areas," Herd said.
How screwed up is this world when rap stars are "role models for the nation's youth"?
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Given the racial aspect of this story, I question the timing.
Written By: Neo
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Rap artists and Britney Spears’ younger sister.

I do wonder, though, how much it’s actually true that young people use celebrities as role models. I think that they probably compare themselves to celebrities... I know I did. But the end result of that was a persistent belief that I was really fat and ugly and didn’t have near enough chest. Which was damaging enough, but it didn’t ever make me want to go out and do what those people were doing.

And even if it does... isn’t that more where garage bands come from?
Written By: Synova
File this under "duh".

Popular culture has been a source for bad role models since there has been a popular culture.

None of it is something good parenting can’t overcome.

The unfortunate element of this moment in time is the overabundance of bad influence in pop culture, and the dearth of either A. good parenting, or B. Parents who are even home more than a couple hours every day.

Warning, populist message ahead...

71% of two parent American families have two working parents.

It’s not rap or pop culture that is a problem now, it’s the economic culture.

Written By: Captin Sarcastic
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Pass the hardware over to the Cap’n - he nailed it!
Written By: SShiell
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The music isn’t nearly as good as it used to be.
Written By: jows
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