...no matter how much you would have wanted to.
So now, my friends, we've come to the point in time where I have to whine about Big Brother. It's just started on Finnish TV and I'm devastated. This whole circus has now started and if nothing radical happens, it will continue for YEARS, until everybody has got enough.
My critique may be unfashionable, I know, but there isn't time for post-modern contemplation. It's rubbish, you know! The whole concept is thought out by cynical, money-making, “give-people-what-they-want“ persons. It's the old marxist opium or the even older Roman bread and theatre or whatever it's called.
I mean the saturation, it's ridiculous... How much do they show, like five hours per day? It's extra, bonus, pay-per-view, bedroom cams, breakfast small-talk moment. It's in the papers and it's on the internet. As the media moralist I am, I cry when I think about how much space and time this consumes. Yes, I do think it's a terrible waste of people's time.
And please let me go on for a while. Imagine how much everybody will talk about it. At home, at work, at play. People don't want Big Brother, they just watch it because it's on.
Wait, I don't want to sound elitist, but consider this. If the counter-argument is this: “People can decide if they're watching or not“, then I'm sorry but you're wrong. It's not that simple. People DO have the ability to choose between shit and good stuff, but what if the shit POURS down on them in enourmous quantities? I think you get used to it.
Funny how the state controlled media, that was the de facto mainstream media before, is now taking the place of the alternative media, as a provider of more serious stuff. In the US, the case is clearly this way already.
Now, some lighter things on my mind. I remember when we were about to record the organ for this song “The Smell of an Artist“. I said to Ville that I want it to sound like the Stranglers or Felt. Ville said “Eh.. We'd better say it sounds like Felt“ and I was like “What? No!“. Ville doesn't like the Stranglers and I understand why. I think a lot of people dislike the Stranglers. In Ville's case, I think it's because they were “laddish“, and quite strongly so. But I think he and many others have missed something. They are sleazy and “laddish“ (I hate that word), but they seem smart and above everything, funny. I admit I'm not an expert on the subject, but I think it's so clear that they were one of the more interesting among the first wave of punk bands. And not only that, they evolved in a quite interesting way, too. Everyone could love a song like “Duchess“ from the “Raven“ album, but there are very good things both in their earlier and their later material.
written by Mattias