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Music and Media Make The Revolution Attractive

I was reading this week’s Motivated Monday and saw the video for “No Church In The Wild” by Kanye West and Jay-Z used a reference for the message.  This was my first time watching this video, and it shocked me how the imagery in the video resembled the “riots” in Ferguson, Baltimore, and New York.  Take a look at this video.

The video shows imagery from teenage riots in Europe.  It was directed by Romain Gavras,  the dude who made M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”.  This is a graphic yet entertaining representation of fascists, police vs young people.  Gavras was present during the 2009 riots in Athens, Greece., and this music video captures the same intensity almost perfectly.

Check out this short documentary from the actual Athens riots.  The media can produce vivid, entertaining depictions, but does this inflict fear or anger?  To some justice-seeking activists and citizens, this may make the revolution seem attractive.  But this makes me wonder how much does the media influence the destruction we bring ourselves as a people.  Is Global Civl War the answer or do we seek something else?


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