Yes We Can–Proof music is still relevant to politics

My friend gave a presentation last year where he said he thought it was the corporate domination of media which made the pop music of today so bland and unrelated to the politics. Now, as a folk singer who fights for the political change she wants, this is not good news (or true). After 9/11 the two music videos below we strong on the charts for weeks and weeks. Wouldn’t the corporations benefit from a war which people accuse is for “western imperialism”? I see musicians who care singing. Black-eyed peas were unknown and unwanted until this video. Now Fergie is a household name, and everyone’s heard one of their songs (well, everyone with a radio and a tuner).

Here is that video, called “Where is the Love?”

This video is an even better show of corporate media coming together with a political message–an Anti-War message actually. Through that into a cynicism pot and smoke it. It’s called “What’s going on?” by Marvin Gaye

And finally here is the video which inspired this post. I don’t necessarily agree with the message (though the speech is so pop its like saying I don’t like puppies) but I really enjoyed this video.

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The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable.
– John Kenneth Galbraith

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