21st Century Wire
July 6, 2010
In his most recent piece entitled “Popular Music is The Babylon System”, Prison Planet’s prolific writer Paul Joseph Watson goes into a deep analysis on how today’s vacant and vapid pop culture is gutting what’s left of our moral center. Read his excellent breakdown of the music industry in the article here. And there are some other aspects of pop music to consider…
Imagery has always played a key part in the content of pop with the high tech surveillance/shiny robotic comic book themes playing an ever increasing role in music videos today. Las Vegas meets Disneyland. In the last two decades we have seen a whole generation of 100% style-driven, short-term marketing icons whose imagery now out lives the music itself. Seductive and sexy, it’s a merger of popular culture desires and fears which converge on what some may argue is a well-crafted CGI pornographic genre targeting ever younger audiences(as well as overgrown children who reside in adult bodies), in some cases as young as 8 and 9 years old, boys and girls alike. It’s a neon arena where personality trumps character. This is a genre which sits well past the rock and roll revolution of the 60′s, 70′s and 80′s, a genre even MTV pioneer Andy Warhol could hardly imagine.
Is this all-encompassing commercial onslaught by pop the end of the innocence for our youth? With the digital revolution upon us, a definite quickening has taken place, where the lines between age groups and morality have become so blurred and distorted that something like Cyndi Lauper, Thomas Dolby or Motley Crue in the 80′s- seen as edgy and genre-breaking rock/pop at the time 25 years ago, now looks as innocent as a Sesame Street block party. You can make so many other comparisons right back to the Summer of Love or even Elvis Presley, but few could foresee the cloud of corporate conditioning and social engineering we are witnessing today in the music industry and society.
According to these pop markers, you could say that this is either a culture in rapid acceleration, or a culture in rapid decline. As to which one we think it is will depend largely on our idea of what constitutes social norms and values.
Watson also rightly points to artistic prophet Bob Marley’s song Babylon System as a reference point from where we might still backtrack from the current degenerate pop culture of Lady Ga Ga, MTV and Madonna- back to real progressive and insightful social commentary which was once broadcast by music icons of a bygone era.
This article was posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 2:20 am