Nineteen year old Ronald Howard shot and killed a Texas state trooper in 1992. Mr Howard claims the music he was playing in the stolen vehicle he was driving made him do it. A jury didn't buy this defense and convicted Mr Howard of capitol murder after 45 minutes of deliberation (Roc issue 13).
Understanding behavior does not excuse someone's conduct. With understanding however, comes prevention.
The April 1998 issue of the 'Archives of General Psychiatry', presented a possible modest link between violence and the media. An article in 'American Psychologist' states such link depends on how much a child relates to the character, and if the media representation it portrays real life. Archives of General Psychiatry, April 1998, expressed that violent the viewing media images do not harden children to violence.
Music and videos are artistic expressions. Fans lives aren't filled with song and dance, while riding around in expensive cars. People listen to music as an escape from real life. If media does cause violence, reality based shows like Jerry Springer are more likely to be the cause than an artist like Marilyn Manson.
There have been claims that artist have placed backwards subliminal messages within their music. Others claim to have heard these messages when the record is played backwards. According to a November 1986 issue of 'American Psychologist,' what is heard is mainly in the mind of the listener. They also pointed out that subliminal are extremely limited in their influence. Associate Professor Borgeat MD of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Montreal stated he would be surprised if the human brain could understand and respond to the meaning of such backwards messages.
The fall 1994 issue of "Adolescence", pointed out that youths who listen to a certain type of music that cause psychological distress, had these problem before they listened to that type of music. It also pointed out that troubled youths are attracted to a certain type of music because it gives them a sense of identity and power.
The fact that music's impact can be beneficial is often ignored. The Journal of the National Cancer Institute has said music can enhance pain control, help communication and allow Cancer patient to relax.
Music can assist the effect of drugs administered during psychotherapy by acting as motivator. Singing drumming and dancing can reduce outburst, agitation, anxiety, and it improves perceptual, motor, and verbal skills in Alzheimer patients.