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Appearance vs. Reality of Modern Music Affect on Teenagers

In today’s society the teenager has had more rights than ever before,

along with these rights comes responsibility, independence and good judgment.

All of those mentioned have been destroyed in many teenagers lives by these

“Rock Stars”. The modern teenager is exposed to many different things that may

affect their lives as they choose to live it, non quite as strong of a force

than the effect of music, it is the teens outlet to expression, rebellion and

popularity all of which are very important to the average teenager, but often in

cases the teen who is trying to conform becomes subject to the “Rock Star’s”

manipulation, and that is when obsession kicks in. Then not only is the

teenager subject to power corruption but so is the “rock star”. This is the

important thing to remember when dealing with the subject at hand.

There are many reasons why teenagers cling to “rock stars”, but there

are always more popular reasons than others. One main reason that this occurs

is because of the accessibility of what these “rock stars” are publishing.

Think of all the things that teenagers have in front of them day-in, day-out;

radio, television, clothes of peers etc. All of which are covered with popular

musicians. So if they are so accessible then most people are aware of this so

they start to pay attention to it, they see these extravagant people with no

boundaries, limits or regulations. Most of modern “rock stars” have a catch

something that stands out from the rest which leads to peoples attention. Also

most “rock stars” these days have a relationship with the teens, the teens see

themselves (or what they want to call themselves) in the “rock stars”

presentation of their selves, but they take it to extremes so the teens say “hey

they are like me but better” so it becomes an obsession to conform. These are

some reasons why teens are obsessed by “rock stars”.

Out of all the different age groups on this planet why do teens seem to

be the only ones who do this? Well teenagers have a great amount of time to

read so much into things. Its the first age in most peoples lives where real

independence is given, so they are desperate for something new to be controlled

by. The one main reason why teens are the only age group subject to the

manipulation of “rock stars” is because most of these “rock stars” are still in

a teenage state of mind, so the real teenagers are already adapted to the

environment that the “rockstars” make for themselves.

Some bands are well known just for how they acquire the liking of

teenagers, they have absolutely no respect from any other age group but they

have millions of following teenagers. The biggest one I can think of (in

modern music) would be Nirvana. Their lead singer Kurt Cobain was the creator

of this whole “grunge” thing that took the world by storm a couple of years

ago(baggy ripped jeans, plaid, easy repetitious music). Kurt Cobain was

basically to be a savour to all teens, he related every thing he wrote to when

he was a teenager and put words to peoples experiences and looked like a

rebellious teen himself. When he died the whole world was in mourning all of

teens never even have met him were taking the death way to far. There were

three suicides that week in the USA, with notes reading they could not live

with out Kurt Cobain. He is just one of the many who are brain washing teens

world wide every day.

Another really big band who is known for manipulating teenagers minds is

Marilyn Manson. Over the last couple years they have started a new world order

for teens. Their main ideas stressed being kill everything around you

especially religion, rules and basically the way the majority of society has

been raised to live their lives. They are the ultimate rebellion, every thing

that we have been taught to hate that is what they are. Their lead singer “The

Reverend Mr. Manson” was quoted in saying “I do not believe in Satan, I just

think it is the ultimate form of

Power Corrupts is evident in not only the teens perspective, but the

“rock stars” too. The “rock star” first begins a path to fame by having a trail

of followers, then more begin to appear and more than more. So the “rock star”

begins to acquire an ego and begins an unconscious battle between every other

popular music figure, “If I have this many followers I can make up anything and

they will believe it, by doing that I will steal fans from that other band” and

after that point begins a vicious circle of up-staging between probably the most

powerful people in the lives of all teenagers, which can be extremely disastrous.

By that time the power has already corrupted the teenagers mind because they

will say things like “they are powerful I will believe what they say”. This is

how Power Corruption is involved in the subject at hand.

The Appearance Vs. Reality factor is enormous in the manipulation of

teenagers minds from music. These teenagers have never met spoken to or ever

made facial expressions with these “rock stars” so why do they believe, read in

to and base their lives around what the “rock stars” are saying, this is very

relevant to the Appearance Vs. Reality subject. Also when a teenager sees the

“rock star” on television do they not ever consider the fact that the “rock

star” has a promoter writing the words he/she says for him/her I know that might

not be the same in all cases but is a possibility. And in most “rock stars”

cases the point they are stressing is only to be used as an eye opener not a way

of life. This how things are not as they seem.

In this study I have learned that most “rock stars” are in fact looking

for popularity with in teens, but once they have, they are not as intrigued by

it. I have also learned that not all teens are Page -4- like

the ones I have spoken about in this essay, but I am speaking of the majority in

what I have seen around me for how ever long I have been considered a teenager

myself. This has nothing to do with my views on the subject. As it has been

stated before teens are susceptible to the manipulation of modern popular

musicians, but I find if you keep an open mind and do not take things to

literally the problem can easily avoided.

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