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- Subject: Re: sloanpolitik
- From: Lukas Pearse <am737\!/ccn.cs.dal.ca>
- Date: Thu, 29 Feb 1996 23:18:54 -0400
Art, of any sort, should not be understood solely in terms of
cause and effect; the utilitairian attitude of asking what song has had
lasting political impact ignores the function of songs as expression and
communication, while expecting them to perform actions. Words themselves
don't change things, they provide a medium for people to change things,
and a lasting record of what they were thinking and feeling. Apathy is a
possible subject, although it reflects poorly on it's promoters.
On Thu, 29 Feb 1996, Andrew P. Rodenhiser wrote:
> }James R. Covey wrote:
> }> i think brendan's wrong about music&politics being
> }> like oil&water (sorry big guy); it may seem like
> OK, a challenge:
> Name a pop song which has made an indelible impact on world politics.
> "All You Need is Love"?
> "We are the World"? - already refuted by Mike C.
> "Smells Like Teen Spirit"?
> "O Canada"?
> Pop music is entertainment. If you want to impress ideals on
> someone, write poetry or books. Or at least use a medium where
> everyone can easily understand the words, instead of rock music! In
> a hundred years, whose politics will still be studied, Karl Marx or
> Richard Marx?
> apolitical know-nothing jock
> P.S. Why do all you political types think you're e. e. cummings?
> Have you no "Shift" keys?
> Andrew P. Rodenhiser, Ph.D. Candidate
> Dalhousie University, Halifax NS Canada
> URL http://ac.dal.ca/~aproden/home.html