Pitfall of journalism

Media are very imortant for our vision on things. They often show things we never thought of, or they deceive us and no one will notice. That is dangerous. Really dangerous. Therefor we have to be alert. Let me give an example. I was reading a really small article in the so called sister magazine of American Scientific (something like that). From such a scientific magazine you would expect that they try to be as correct as possible, and that they see through the pitfalls.
The article was about a sort of camera that could track hooligans. There was a picture underneath the title, and it looked more or less like this one:

It wasn’t the same, but close.
Now I ask you: what does this picture have to do with the article?
Answer: nothing!
But unknowingly you will see it, try to link it to the article and conclude that the picture must be put there, because it shows people on a metal concert. Probably a metal concert, because they do this hand move that was introduced in the metal world by Dio and then often used at metal  concerts etc, although lots of people use it now. So: these are people at a metal concert, and that is the only ‘special’ thing about them so that must mean that people at a metal concert are hooligans.

I hope you see that this way of thinking is not right. But it’s not your fault because there’s a great chance that you won’t even notice that you’re doing it! It’s a stupid idea though that people who go to metal concerts are hooligans. Probably they are good people, and they’re innocent untill someone can prove they are in fact criminals! When you see someone like on the picture after reading the article, you’ll probably have something in your mind whispering:…hooligan….. You can’t remember why you would think that, but then you say it’s your intuition and you should always trust that feeling and so on… But it’s not your intuition! It was the pitfall of journalism!

It was quite disappointing that such a magazine had been deceiving us and blaming innocent people like that. It was not fair. Keep in mind that media are not alway right, and give everyone a chance before judging, because even intuition can be betrayed!

Parental advisory… what for!?

Ever seen this sticker on one of your CDs? It says that your parents should sit next to you while listening to your music and tell you when something is too explicit. (Like any parent does that. Or maybe in America)
The first CDs that got this ‘warning’ were metalCDs (Danzig, Guns N roses, etc.).
In my humble opinion the sticker is often exaggerated. Avril Lavigne’s album Under My Skin got one because she used the word ‘shit’ in one of the songs. Like you don’t get to hear that daily.
But why do metalCDs get this warning? It’s not all about violence or drugs or death…
Like Dio’s song Don’t talk to strangers. That is parental advisory, it doesn’t need it. Parents should be happy if their children listen to this kind of educational songs.
And there are other examples. Rainbow in the dark (Dio) – about the art of nature, wouldn’t you think?
Holy Diver (Dio) – about religion and holy people (or at least that’s what the title makes you think)
But seriously.
…And Justice For All (Metallica) – says it all.
The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (Iron Maiden) – based on an old poem.
Lord of the Flies and other songs from the same artist – based on books, so it encourages children to read.
Run to the Hills, Iron Maiden again, “discusses the violence visited upon Native Americans in the 19th Century” (Wikipedia). It seems to refer to the Sioux wars sometimes. It’s a good thing to remember things that shouldn’t have happened so we can avoid those things in the future (like we don’t make the same mistakes all over again).
With Paschendale they remind World War |. Again, things that shouldn’t be forgotten.
Then we also have Tool – Vicarious. Might seem violent, but in fact it’s about today’s perversity: we all need sensation, we all need to “watch things die”. Wherefor are there gossip magazines? To read about how happy all famous people are? This world sometimes bases itself on our urge for sensation. Have you ever seen people staring at a burning house, while not helping or anything? Exactly.
So why would we warn people for music that actually wants to make you think about today’s world? R&B never started a revolution. Punk did. Metal did. (Punk and metal were both an urge for freedom, I believe, and of course punk was related to anarchism)

I can only give you a tiny amount of songs to prove that metal is not a superficial, violent music genre. Maybe some groups are violent etc., but we all should know that less appreciated songs can be more meaning.
And I might still add some other songs.