Proof Country Music Causes Violence05 May 2003
Proof Country Music Causes Violence
Country music legend Johnny Cash's songs can make listeners violent,
An American study identified lyrics in Cash's 1969 hit A BOY NAMED SUE as
a possible cause of aggression.
The single - the tale of a man seeking revenge on his father for giving
him a girl's name - was an unlikely entry on a list of violent songs that
included JERK-OFF by TOOL and SHOOT 'EM UP by Cypress Hill.
Researchers said these songs "led to more-aggressive interpretations of
ambiguously aggressive words".
DR CRAIG ANDERSON - who published the findings of the investigation -
says, "One major conclusion from this and other research on entertainment media
is that content matters.
"This message is important for all consumers, but especially for parents
of children and adolescents."
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