Tuesday, August 08, 2006
RAND -- How Thou Art Fallen
Under the Big Fucking Deal department we find the following:
According to a study published Monday by the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan research group, teenagers who spent more time listening to music with lyrics that objectify women or praise men for their voracious sexual appetites were more likely to become sexually active earlier in their youth. Previous studies have linked sex at a young age with higher risks of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
It's the latest, and among the most rigorous, studies in a growing body of research that suggests media have a significant impact on young people's behavior - a claim that ignites controversy when coupled with calls for censorship or restrictions....
Parents and psychologists have long worried about the harm not only of music, but also of TV, movies, and video games. After the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, a few groups decried the violence depicted by rock singer Marilyn Manson's lyrics. Some went so far as to blame the singer for the attacks. More recently, the governor of Illinois tried unsuccessfully to ban sales of violent video games to minors.
The RAND Corporation, having been created by the Air Force and the CIA, usually does not author such obvious crap.
A more reality-based analysis would find that there is greater danger to these youngsters from the Bush administration's policies which have created a severely anti-American world in which these kids will need to navigate.
Not to mention that our impressionable youth will be called upon increasingly often to fight and die in needless wars chosen by the American national security state.
RAND must not have had room in their study for the good stuff.