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October 27, 2004

Was I the only person who was disappointed by the end of the now-famous Eminem video?

I mean, they form an army, they turn a firehose on the cops, storm a government building and then all they do is vote? I was expecting them to physically throw Bush out of the White House or set fire to the Oval Office or something.

Posted by Jake at 11:57 PM | TrackBack (0)

It's an astute observation on the director's part that the majority of the people represented as voting in the video--the young, women, and racial minorities--suffered long and hard just to vote.

Posted by: Amanda at October 28, 2004 06:56 AM

Maybe, but Eminem has a history of promoting revelution on the streets, not at the ballot box, now he has reversed himself, or at least begun to encompass both scenes, why the sudden change?

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at October 28, 2004 12:09 PM

I think it is brilliant. He gets you riled up, then points out that voting, IF we vote, can be a revolution of its own.

Most people who watch this are not about to resort to civil war to remove Bush. But when shown the power, the real power, of voting ... just maybe they will.

Posted by: TekBoss at October 28, 2004 01:50 PM

True, but can they really show that on TV without some one bitching?

The message is also there as TekBoss pointed out.

I was disappointed too, but anyway It should help mobilize. Maybe Em is serious about this.

Posted by: Brian at October 28, 2004 02:12 PM

I was just saying that this is a bit, just a bit, unusual for him, what I think is that the Evils of ush(see, I hate him so much that I don't capitalize his name and even remove the first letter), has changed him, now he cares. he's even voting for the first time, if he was pro-vote before, don't you think he would have been voting at the time?

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at October 28, 2004 04:57 PM

I would like to point out that the video, directed by Ian Inaba from Guerilla News Network, was originally conceived prior to actually having an artist or a song to hook it up to. According to Ian, he had called Interscope to see if any of their artists were interested in collaborating with him, and Eminem had something he'd already been working on himself.

Inaba was also the director of Em's previous "White America" video, which apparently received no actual airplay.

Posted by: Matt at October 29, 2004 09:52 AM

Sorry - I have to admit it gave me an incredible thrill to see them get together to vote. I don't want a civil war - I want to take back the government. To present this to cynics as a possible solution - I thought it was really positive.

Now - we'll see who wins. If it's not Kerry - then let's talk about throwing him out of the White House or setting fire to the Oval Office.

Posted by: Jill Bryant at October 29, 2004 06:29 PM

I agree with Jake..I was dissappointed too. Kinda...in a way...
I think ending with the vote will a)mobilize young people to vote and b) not allow mainstream media to completely dismiss the entire message of the video.
On the other hand - given the amount of voter fraud and disruption in 2000 and today, the presense of an antiquated electorial collage system and having to make a choice between the likes of Bush and Kerry - well,it makes me want to turn a firehose on the nearest elected official.

Posted by: pipistrelle at October 31, 2004 12:17 PM

Yeah, maybe two hundred years from now, the two partie system will have goptten so fierce and polarized that the Dems and the Reps will have huge street wars, and the last few alive wil live, and whoever wins will get to vote and elect the prez.

Posted by: inonthekilltaker at October 31, 2004 12:40 PM

Explain to me, after what the Supreme Court did to the election process in 2001, how "voting can be a revolution of it's own".

After all, if the popular vote can be hijacked by fraud *cough*Karl Rove*cough* and dirty tricks, what the hell does your vote count for, exactly?

Posted by: nobody cares at November 2, 2004 12:43 AM

If we can get a Grn-Pce canidate into office, or maybe a Libertarian, I have total faith that they would change that, or at least start the process to do so, probably starting with the Gov.'s ability to take away voting privliges from criminals. Kerry is not the solution, but he is the beggining. Besides, good news, Rhenquist is croaking! Yea!

Posted by: at November 2, 2004 09:55 AM

Eminem is not revolutionary, people. He's a 32-year old who dresses like a teenager. I'm younger than he is and I feel like telling him to pull his pants up.

And cultivating a street image for profit like he and his ilk does is not revolutionary either.

Posted by: Eric at November 3, 2004 10:42 PM

Oh? So you're a cultural reject as well as an extremist?

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Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

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Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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