Question 8

Should music and other sound recordings (such as audio books) be classified or regulated in the same way as other content? 

Responses to this question were also polarised, although there were considerably fewer responses than was the case with the question of classification of art works. The main issue here was warnings for explicit language, with the cluster of words surrounding language including ‘sexual’, ‘themes’, ‘offensive’, ‘explicit’, ‘warning’, ‘lyrics’ and ‘radio’. Some respondents noted that there is already a system for warnings of this nature administered by ARIA as seen with the words ‘ARIA’ and ‘industry’ at the top right. These respondents also tended to see the current system as being satisfactory to address community concerns, or emphasised the status of music as art.

Graphical representation of responses to Question 8 - analysis provided in text above