Lisa Rice wrote this.
It takes courage to swim against the tide of societal norms. It takes love to protect what’s precious. Grammy award-winning songwriter, producer and father Carvin Haggins has decided to do both. Rage Against the Ratchet is his way of saying enough is enough when it comes to what’s playing on the radio.
“[T]he songs that I’m hearing are disrespectful,” he says. “They’re degrading. They’re—they’re just tearing our children down. It’s over-sexed—it’s just super lawless. And as a concerned parent, as a concerned creator, as a—as a concerned person just listening to the music, I feel like it—something has to be done to stop radio from what they’re doing right now.”
Companies pay millions to advertise their message via sound and video yet arguments are made that songs and music videos don’t influence decisions in a destructive manner. The banner of free speech and fear of censorship have usurped common-sense thinking. It’s one of those scratch my head kind of rationalizations.
Organizations such as The Media Literacy Project have been saying this for years. They insist that we can’t have it both ways. “We don’t like to admit it, but all of us are affected by advertising, news, movies, pop music, video games, and other forms of media. While fantasy can be pleasurable and entertaining, it can also be harmful. Movies, TV shows, and music videos sometimes inspire people to do things that are unwise, anti-social, or even dangerous. At other times, media can inspire our imagination.”
Mr. Carvins sees the correlation between hearing/seeing and doing. Especially for young children. When you have a moment, listen to what he has to say. Sounds like truth to me.