Emily and I rarely watch TV and are completely tuned out from the pop music scene. A few weeks ago, though, we turned on the tube late at night and watched some music videos, one of those top 20 countdowns. Every single video, one after another, was about disaster. People running through city streets, reminiscent of 9/11. Soldiers dying. Police subduing rioters.
Each of the videos, that is, was extremely political and timely. We found this surprising, heartening, disturbing — the general public, the young sheep that is, are apparently completely aware of what is going on. Aware and flipped the fuck out.
We forgot about this experience until last night, when we found ourselves once again watching the most popular videos on Fuse. Once again, video after video, every single one we watched, reflected a keen political awareness. They were filled with outrage, with energy. They were brimming undeniably with the sense that we are being repressed, that we are being lied to, that we must act. I haven’t even really listened to the songs — the images of death, explosions, riot cops, soldiers, and climate change were more than enough to convey these things.
The ones I could find are below; see for yourselves. I think it’s well worth stomaching the bad music* to see what the imagery is trying to say.
Maybe I’m reading too much into pop culture. But taken together, I think these videos send a clear message that the knowledge of our situation has now permeated the collective consciousness. Even if not everyone knows what they know yet.
* And heterosexism and other grossness.
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