The National Enquirer's story about James Holmes's alleged confession to the theater shooting included the assertion that something in The Dark Knight Rises' soundtrack set off the lethal rampage. One reader believes this tale is possible and connects the concept to Tipper Gore's campaign against musical profanity during the 1980s. Here's how.
It is not far off the mark or incredulous that insider says Holmes claims to have heard a score of music and acted on cue as programmed. For years people have been talking about the powers of subliminal messaging in the music industry (possibly the video games currently). The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC we learned had messages if played backward. Current discussions include Lady Gaga, Rhianon, and Usher. Marilyn Manson and Dave Damain use words that can sound like more than just one word-interpretations up for grabs. What about Kubrick's movie or Burgess' novel A Clockwork Orange, music and noises altered states of mind and caused a range of emotions or actions. I thought Tipper Gore was ridiculous and trying to censor music when she started with Parental Advisory Stickers, however as I look back I see that she knew the powers of language and the profanities being attempted within/through the music industry. She was trying to protect those that were unaware of the powers of language and to preserve the freedoms of American society from those that want to have a new world without choice and where freedoms are limited except for a select few.
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