But then, I am left to wonder if he could have imagined the way in which music composition has fallen into the hands of the very same Fascists that he warned us about. We now live in a world where the sciences of Psychology, Marketing, and Neuro-Linguistic Programming have merged into a for-hire Ministry of Propaganda, whose skills are deployed by anyone willing to pay for them. The continuing scandal of Payola alone should be a big enough hint that the mainstream record labels and assorted culture creation factories that make up the mega-corporations’ media empire will push anything for the right price. We’re at the point where the songs on your radio are highly-produced corporate jingles and the music videos are nothing more than TV commercials with choreography. While I am fundamentally opposed to censorship in any form, I do think we should know what these ads are selling us – so that each one of us can examine on a personal level whether or not we’re buying into it.
Bear in mind, that while I write this, I am eating a bag of peanuts that I had an inexplicable craving for the other day. Melissa just pointed out to me that there is an ad campaign all over the subways here in NYC from the National Peanut Board. Echoing our look at “March Madness” and March 4th/5th in particular, she just found this:
"New York to Go Peanut Crazy in March
The National Peanut Board will turn New York City into Peanutopolis on March 4 and March 5 as it introduces its newest advertising campaign for America’s favorite legume, as well as a new slogan: "Peanuts: Energy for the Good Life."
Here’s another Derren Brown clip to ponder (again disabled for embedding - Click here to watch on YouTube.)
The Killer Bees:
In the post “Crazy 88s,” I wrote of the ever-present promotion of Nazism and related it to the movie “Kill Bill.” Mere weeks after that writing, Lady Gaga and Beyonce have now released a new video intensely laced with Nazi imagery and they even use the car from “Kill Bill” throughout it. The idea that these media puppets are promoting totalitarianism is not a new one, Beyonce had just taken the stage with dancing black-clad storm troopers during an award ceremony, after all. But “Kill Bill?” Really?