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The United Kingdom, 2018 – a supposedly great country, sought after by migrants and full of opportunities. It does all look well and good in some ways, but I just can’t see that myself.
I feel like nobody has ever really touched on this subject and it isn’t being seen as an issue – or even seen at all for that matter. I’m a 19-year-old male living in the East Midlands area and I’m about to give you a quick rundown on society in my eyes.
Being 19 means that I’m still part of a younger generation and have a pretty clear vision on most things going on with those younger than myself. I have noticed that in the last few years, certain genres of music have started to skyrocket in popularity and that it has had an overwhelming effect on how we are being brought up.
I think I started noticing things in around 2012, when grime music started to gain some speed. I’d already been an occasional listener at the time due to various links within the music production scene which had pointed me in that direction, but suddenly, I was noticing that more and more people got involved and interested in this music.
Almost immediately, people started sprouting up around me, at a rate so fast that I couldn’t even give a time frame of when it started happening, wearing tracksuits and generally dressing in a different way, which had previously been looked down upon. I thought it would stay there but it continued to progress.
Slang has since taken a huge turn, to the point where almost every male around my age or younger is using ‘road’ slang. I don’t see this as a huge problem, but since that has started it seems that we are all being conditioned to want to hate one another. The music we’re hearing now is primarily ‘drill’ music which is basically gang rap, containing a lot of violent and drug related lyrics. I think this, mixed with the increased slang usage, has desensitised the younger generations to this kind of talk.
This, in itself, is the main issue. Kids are being brought up listening to violent gang related music and being completely desensitised to it, therefore making these kids into the people they are looking up to - violent criminals. Take a look around and try and see how many young people are actually dressing in more ‘chavvy’ clothing; take a look at the strange increases in crime rates, primarily drug and weapon related incidents. It seems that the generations below mine are getting worse and worse as they have had less time before this became such a huge topic and they are the ones affected mainly by it.
The moral of this piece is that young males today are being brought up to break the law. We’re constantly reminded of crime, we’re constantly reminded of drugs and if something does not change soon, we’ll have a country full of violent, gang related criminals. It sounds ridiculous, but the reality is that we are just a few generations away from this.
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