Human beings seem to thrive both cognitively and affectively when they are exposed to any number of the infinite combinations of melody, harmony and rhythm that make up a particular piece of what we know as "music". Music has the potential to enrich our lives, to enable us to learn about ourselves and others around us and experience and interact with reality in dynamic and creative ways. Music can have profound and unique effects on our well-being, it can help us cope with the stresses that life brings and can make us feel happier in ourselves, and it can also make our brains happier! But there's a darker side to music.

In our technologically 'advanced' society, different types of music are more accessible than ever before. In this day and age, with the multiplicity of specialized MP3 players, mobile phones and other assorted gadgets, an entire album can be downloaded within a matter of seconds... with little or no content restrictions in place.

So how much music do kids actually listen to these days? An English study published by North et al in 2000 showed that a sample of 2,456 adolescents listened to an average of 2.45 hours of music per day. It has also been reported that children aged eight to ten listen to an average of 1 hour per day. A more recent study (Roberts et al) in 2005 showed that a staggering 85% of children aged eight to eighteen years old listened to music on any given day.

The effect of music and video on a developing human psyche

According to psychologists Ashby and Rich (2005) in their paper, Video killed the radio star:
"Music induces strong emotions that can make individuals more susceptible to changes in attitude or behavior. Multiple studies demonstrated the influence of visual media on risky attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors among adolescents. Combined in a music video, music and visuals may enhance, redirect, or contrast with the effects of the lyrics and introduce new aspects to the media experience that were not understood or considered previously by the viewer.

"The combination of music and video may be synergistic in their effect on adolescent attitudes and behavior. Once music establishes a mood, the lyrics and images that are portrayed may have more impact than either form alone. Music can alter an individual's receptivity to visual presentation. A study from the early years of music television found that the enhancement of rock music with a visual component increased appreciation of the music. Conversely, research shows that after watching music videos, the visual images persist with the viewer even when that individual is listening to an audio only version of a song; most music video viewers ''always'' or ''frequently'' thought of content from the music video when listening to the corresponding music. Rubin et al demonstrated that college students assessed music videos more positively and believed that they were more ''potent'' than music alone "
So, the presence of both audio and visual stimulation can cause the visual image portrayed in a music video to "persist with the viewer"? They further state:
"Music videos socialize young people by communicating ideas about expected behavior, relationships, and male and female roles. Although music videos are diverse and individual music videos portray a variety of gender roles and responsibilities, content analysis of music videos demonstrates that those who use music videos as a source of social learning generally receive specific information about the roles, responsibilities, and behavior of their gender in society."
OK! So we are now aware that children and adolescents listen to a lot of music, and we also can see that music can induce strong emotions and can "communicate ideas about expected behaviors, relationships and male and female roles" playing a definite role in a child's identity formation, while visual images can "persist with the viewer even when that individual is listening to an audio only version of a song". So what type of music do kids today listen to?

When music becomes non-music

In recent years, the content of mainstream popular music appears to have undergone some rather drastic changes and the inclusion of "pro-social values" featured in songs seems to be gradually on the decline. In other words: The monotonous drivel spewed forth by the pop-culture of today's society (as a substitute for music) can only be described as an ever-growing cesspit of obscenities, profanities and the indication of outright moral decay. A prime example of this is Miley Cyrus.
Miley Cyrus: the perfect role model for teenage girls
Miley is the reprobate daughter of the famous American country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, himself something of a social neanderthal (the apple never falls from the tree). Her career as an actress and musician began to flourish when, at the age of 13, she gained the lead role in Disney's "Hannah Montana", a popular television show with a target audience of children aged 6-14 years old. A relatively recent departure from this role has led to a sharp transition in her lyrical content and overall public persona. This once childhood sweetheart now appears to have gone well and truly "off the rails" so to speak, and it looks like she is now the music industry's latest disposable whore.

With the unlikely aim of "motivating mothers and daughters to build lifetimes of memories together and inspire kids around the world to live their dreams", Miley succeeds merely in glamorising and openly promoting pathologically, hyper-sexualised ideals such as excessive promiscuity, bisexuality, the public use of sexual paraphernalia and explicit drug misuse. Basically, this is pedophilic sexual debauchery presented to us in the form of a mentally-disturbed 22 year old girl with the emotional maturity of the average politician. It's not surprising then that the bulk of her target audience is between the ages of 6-14 year olds. In the name of "feminism" and "freedom", it is possible that Miley truly believes that parading her infectious filth across the world for young, vulnerable minds to absorb is acting in favour of the "greater good" and standing up for women's rights to express their sexuality. But what Miley believes is irrelevant. What she achieves is to support the goal of our pathocratic system to produce as many intellectually and emotionally-stunted adolecents as possible, to fill the ranks of the up and coming political class.

It is not surprising that Miley is one of the "Disney Kids" that have exploded onto the music scene in recent decades. Does anyone remember what happened to Britney Spears? It's gut wrenching to imagine the trauma and suffering that these 'just turned' superstars were probably made to endure as young children at the hands of the Hollywood music industry's predatory pedophile networks. Yes, that's right. Pedophilia is apparently not only rife in political inner circles, but the music and film industries are also badly infected with it. This is not so difficult to believe when you understand that psychopaths usually manage to work their way up to the top of any given sector, and seem to congregate with others who have similar 'predilections'. If you would like to gain some insight into the depths of abuse and the prevalence of institutionalized pedophilia within the USA Child Protective Services, take a listen to this interview. And for a ground breaking article concerning the UK establishment scandal please read this article.

According to 1980's Hollywood child star, Corey Feldman:
"I can tell you that the No. 1 problem in Hollywood was and is and always will be pedophilia. That's the biggest problem for children in this industry. ... It's the big secret,"
According to a 2014 newspaper article, a member of the audience at last year's performance said that "She (Miley) got loads of people of the same sex to snog in the audience and put them on camera on a giant screen and made a speech about how we should all just 'be ourselves'". The fact is that this particular demeanor is not unique to Miley.

It Gets Darker...

Here are some lyrics from another of pop-culture's currently most advertised "sex dolls", Katy Perry:
"I kissed a girl and I liked it, [..]
No, I don't even know your name, it doesn't matter.
You're my experimental game, just human nature.
It's not what good girls do, not how they should behave."

"Don't be a shy kinda guy I'll bet it's beautiful
Come on baby let me see
I wanna see your peacock, cock, cock
Your peacock, cock"

"You're reading me like erotica,
Boy, you make me feel exotic, yeah
Just when I think I can't take anymore
We go deeper and harder than ever before"
If these lyrics sound a lot like unadulterated filth, it's because they are. In my opinion, they would be better suited to the pages of an established pornographic magazine, or an internal White House memo. But from where does this revolting trash emanate, and who on earth actually chooses to sully their minds with it?!
Katy Perry: Can we ban her yet?
Well, it turns out that Katy Perry is also a big hit with the young minds of this generation. She was featured in the blockbuster movie The Smurfs, has appeared on children's shows such as Sesame Street and actually won the "Favorite Female Singer" award at the "26th Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards" in 2013.

Now let's consider some lyrics from pop-superstar Rihanna's single "SNM":
"Cause I may be bad but I'm perfectly good at it
Sex in the air, I don't care, I love the smell of it
Sticks and stones may break my bones,
But chains and whips excite me"
The music video for this single boasts a total of 64 million views on the popular video hosting site Vimeo and is titled "SNM" which, by the way, is an acronym for "Sadism" and "Masochism". If you are unfamiliar with either term, here are the definitions:

Sadism - The gaining of pleasure and sexual gratification from the infliction of pain and mental suffering on another person

Masochism - The condition in which sexual gratification depends on suffering physical pain or humiliation.
'Rihanna': broadcasting 'wholesome values' into your child's brain
Sorry to labor the point, but those two definitions read like a concise summary of the US government's foreign policy for the last...oh, 100 years.

Anyway, Rihanna's video depicts the singer prancing around in white latex dominatrix-style bondage gear and imitating sex acts with mannequin dolls while provocatively sucking on a banana. (Also to be seen in a future session of Congress no doubt).

Now, recall what you read earlier:
"Music videos socialize young people by communicating ideas about expected behaviour, relationships, and male and female roles"
With exposure to this "music" (aka mind-programming), what kind of ideas do you think that children receive about their expected behaviour, relationships and gender role in society? The popularization and glorification of this openly aggressive, psychopathic, sexually obscene vulgarity that objectifies and denigrates the female form appears to have gained acceptance in Western society. If you're not convinced, then consider that Rihanna, the girl who "whips and chains excite", recently landed a starring role in the children's animated movie "Home"...

If you are unable to see the trend by now, then I am afraid that you have probably succumbed to the very psychopathic mindset that has already been briefly addressed above, the one which turns out to be the driving force behind this whole phenomena. However, if you can see what is happening and have the courage to break free from this distorted perception of reality, the bigger picture will become clear further on. But first of all, we need to clarify a few things.

The effects on a young (or even old) mind

Identity formation is one of the main developmental challenges faced in childhood and adolescence. The goal is to establish a clear sense of 'self' by discovering one's own interests, desires, needs, likes, dislikes, and abilities with respect to love, inter personal-relationships and beliefs about both the self and the external environment. In relation to love, this also includes the development of sexuality and the development of gender-role identity, which is essentially learning about one's role as a male or female in a given society/culture.

In the opinion of psychologist Jeffrey Arnett, "music and music videos can play an important part in both love-related aspects of identity formation". Research supporting this notion has shown that the attitudes and beliefs of adolescents were affected by exposure to music that portrayed stereotyped gender roles. Another study also found that those who were exposed to such music were more likely to accept adversarial relationships and interpersonal violence in their own lives. It was theorized by the investigators that "media portrayals transiently alter the way in which subsequent human interactions are viewed and interpreted".

In addition to the alteration of adolescents attitudes and beliefs about their environment and others around them, exposure to certain types of music appears to also alter attitudes and beliefs regarding the self. Research has shown that just ten minutes of exposure to music videos that feature idolised models with the "desired physique" cause a drastic increase in female participant's level of bodily dissatisfaction. At integral stages of development, as children grow and mature in this world, particularly in Western society, unattainable socio-cultural ideals promulgated by the mainstream media are thrust upon the impressionable minds and aim to surround the child from as early on as possible. This promoted imagery may consist of the "perfect" body, the "perfect" face or any other combination of physical traits that are deemed to be "desirable" by the mainstream media monster. Excessive sexual behavior and self objectification are also promoted as being a means of gaining acceptance, popularity and success. Children soon learn to imitate behavior that they perceive as being socially beneficial, which, in this case is generally vanity, self love and self objectification. The sad truth is that modern society is so deeply infested with this stream of filth that people now openly worship the false and the hollow. Many people in Western societies (and around the world) now idolize a variety of pathologically narcissistic characters and seek to become like them. This is seen as "normal".

To top it all off, there is also evidence to suggest that the underlying beliefs and attitudes that have been adopted by children through the exposure to this type of pop-music also appears to manifest in children's behavior. A poll conducted by 'Netmums' which surveyed 1500+ parents showed that 81.7% of parents claimed that their child had repeated or sung sexual lyrics without realizing the meaning. In addition, 33.4% stated that their child had imitated sexually provocative dance moves performed by pop-music stars.

'But hang on!' I hear you say, 'these children are completely unaware of what they are imitating and it's not as if they are acting out these behaviors in real life, so... what's the problem?'

Well, it turns out that some children actually are acting out these behaviors. One study showed that children aged 14-15 who were exposed to music featuring sexually degrading lyrics were more than twice as likely to have already had sexual intercourse than those who went unexposed. Is this merely a coincidence?

The destruction of society's moral compass and the sexualization of children

It turns out that the pop-culture music industry is one of the most successful vehicles for the spread of this kind of, well, evil. The young mind, having not yet established a strong sense of 'self', is highly susceptible to this form of manipulation and can be quickly drawn into the dynamic at a very young age. These appearance-based values and unrealistic expectations of oneself then may lead to an over-active negative 'introject', a distorted self image and a rather twisted view of the external world and others in it.

This state of being thwarts any real possibility of truly connecting with other human beings and forming lasting emotional bonds. Any relationship that is established on appearance-based values is doomed to fail, just as the human being who has adopted these customs is forever doomed to be unhappy and filled with an insatiable hunger for anything that fills the empty void inside. This is what the children of today's world are faced with. This is their inheritance. Vulnerable children are becoming increasingly sexualized and developing a false 'adulthood' before their time. They are being manipulated to embark on a 'journey of sexual discovery' when they are not yet mature enough to understand the implications. A distorted image of sexual relationships is also planted within the child's mind, an image devoid of any real emotional connection, leaving only the biological urge to serve the self. It is socially and culturally-sanctioned psychological warfare, with children as the targets.

It's obvious that children do not benefit from being prematurely torn from their childhood and thrust into a life of narcissism devoid of fulfillment and emotional connection with others. It's also obvious that the majority of parents do not gain from this state of affairs, so who benefits, anyone?

Essential Psychopathy
Two psychopaths together. Former British PM Margaret Thatcher with notorious pedophile and children's TV presenter, Jimmy Savile. Thatcher's government (in concert with British intelligence) repeatedly covered for pedophile members of her own government and party
In order to make any sense out of the pathological turn that our society appears to have taken, we're going to have to take a step back and try to see how this fits into the bigger picture. If you look closely, you can see that the mental, physical, emotional and sexual abuse of children is not isolated to the music industry. It pervades every aspect of our society. Be it within the inner circles of politics, business, the arts, the police force, religious institutions, royalty, media or the education system, the infection of organized institutionalized pedophilia is pervasive, if not pandemic.The predatory pedophiles at the top of the 'food chain', unencumbered as they are by any considerations of conscience or empathy, are prepared to stoop to any methods to satisfy their deviant "needs". It is not hard to see how such individuals would relish the thought of the facilitation of their ability to 'feed' in this way through the 'normalization' of pedophilia.

With psychopaths in control of many government and corporate institutions that produce popular movies, music, television programs, school curriculums and laws, they are able to direct and manipulate public perception in ways that ultimately benefit the psychopath's agenda. This agenda is being served through a gradual, multi-generational process that is therefore difficult to identify.

For further reading on this topic see the links I have included above or read this article.