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You, Too, Can Be A Corporate Whore

Youtube used to be a great place to listen to old songs you haven’t heard in years as well as to hear new (and different) music by people who haven’t been fortunate enough to be pimped out by Capitalist destroyers of decency and artistic endeavor. Lately, I find myself cringing at the thought of waiting through an advertisement for some useless service or product some stuffed suit in an office somewhere decided I “need” or “want.” With some videos, most of the ad can be skipped, but the videos with a mandatory waiting period of at least 15 seconds are giving me short bouts of anxiety.

OK, I know this isn’t the most serious issue facing humanity today and I’m not going to waste a lot of time on it, but it is a sign of how deeply people have been conditioned to accept the selling of anything anywhere anytime by anyone for any reason. It’s just one more symptom of a population programmed to stay in line and obey the state mythology.

For mere pocket change, people have allowed Google to infect the largest library of music on the planet with ads for everything from financial services and car insurance to cell phones and beauty soap that promise the buyer a wonderful life. I don’t know why I felt surprise when this disgusting trend reared its ugly head. We shouldn’t be surprised that the majority in a society of mindless consumers with misplaced priorities allow commercialism to infect a forum for the enjoyment of music that is supposed to be owned by “the people” – just to collect a few measly dollars.

I know I should just accept what is, but I’m struggling with it. If we passively allow everything to devolve into a corporate playground of unlimited pimping and repulsive tastelessness, what will change?

By the way, does it bother anyone else that those who allow these advertisements are making money on other people’s music? That used to be the sole domain of bloodthirsty suits chomping on cigars and double-talking a million miles an hour while financially raping gullible, drunk and drugged-up musicians.

To obey in bland acquiescence and remain submissive about the selling of everything that exists on the planet is not worthy of the human race. Shouldn’t we stand up and speak out when we see something so offensive?

 I know I recently posted a video of Bill Hicks, but I decided to cease the preaching and leave readers with a link to another dose of his brilliance. This one is appropriate for the subject of this rant. (Fortunately, this video has no advertisement attached to it). 🙂 Peace.

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22 comments on “You, Too, Can Be A Corporate Whore

  1. I’m surprised they haven’t figured out a way to commoditize oxygen and sell it back to us. On a somewhat unrelated note, I just came across this gem…
    http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/03/to-replace-drone-strikes-us-to-give-yemen-hellfire-armed-crop-dusters/

    It’s always good to hear your voice in the wilderness.

    • Virtually everything else on the planet has been commoditized. Genetics firms have patented a type of synthetic DNA and, for years, have been trying to patent human genes. Scary.

      The article, though disheartening, comes as no surprise to those of us who haven’t been lulled to sleep by the behavior modification media. Any entity that can invent – and use – things such as white phosphorous incendiaries (aka “whiskey pete”) and ammunition made of depleted uranium is capable of just about anything.

      Thanks for the comment, Jeff. Peace.

  2. My suggestion is to use AdBlock on your browser (Firefox/Chrome). The video uploader can choose to have ads or not on his/her videos. Many are also receiving partial revenue from those ads. So, it’s the actual musicians who are choosing to have ads on their videos.

    • I was referring to the vast majority of music videos on Youtube which are uploaded by people who had nothing to do with the writing, performing or production of the music. They, then, allow advertisements in order to make a few dollars from Google. All they did was upload music created by other people. They’ve virtually ruined Youtube for many people just to make pocket change off of the creativity of others. I know I’m weird, but I find that offensive.

      As far as “Adblock”, what exactly is that for? Does it block any advertisement on a music video you watch?

  3. https://adblockplus.org/en/firefox

    https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/adblock/gighmmpiobklfepjocnamgkkbiglidom?hl=en

    Those are the links to Firefox and Chrome, respectively.

    Yes, all ads are blocked on all websites! You can override it for individual sites, if you wish to see ads.

    You will love it. I couldn’t be on the web without it.

    As far as the music videos, yes, some are benefiting from others’ work (music) but some are uploading live shows that they attended and shot the film. Many of the videos get taken down due to copyright issues.

    • Thanks so much for the links. I’m excited about listening to great music without having to sit through advertisements.

      I’ve shot film of Leslie West, Uli Roth, Michael Schenker, Carmine Appice and Eric Gales at live shows and uploaded some of them on my Youtube channel. I won’t allow ads on them. I’ve also uploaded about twenty videos of Occupy Wall Street activities that I participated in from Fall of 2011 to Spring of 2012 – including Chris Hedges, Lawrence Lessig and Rabbi Darkside. I won’t allow ads on them either despite being contacted by Youtube repeatedly. I don’t feel that I have the right to make money just because I turned my camera on at a few shows.

      Thanks, again, for your help in dealing with those annoying ads. 🙂 Peace.

      • What’s your Youtube channel? I’ll check out your videos.

        I agree with you about not having ads on your videos, I wouldn’t either because I’m not a capitalist (it would be against my “religion”, haha).

        Enjoy using Adblock.

  4. My Youtube channel name is “The Fugitive Mind” and my username is “tripfunkmonster.” I’m not active on Youtube anymore since being banned from commenting. I only use my “favorites” list to listen to music occasionally when I’m working at home. (None of my favorites have ads on them – as of now, anyway). 🙂

    I came up with tripfunkmonster because I wanted The Fugitive Mind (my old band name), but it was taken. I used TFM on album covers so I decided to make up a name that had elements of my music with those initials. The music is a schizophrenic blend of trippy, funky and jamming rock.

    • I’m already a subscriber to your channel! Sorry I didn’t realize it was your channel. I probably subscribed during the Occupy time.

      I’m listening to one of your videos now. Great stuff! Very creative.

      I used to be a band photographer before doing blogging full time. I love all kinds of music.

      • Sorry? How could you know? I think that’s an amazing coincidence! (Though, I don’t believe in coincidences)

        Thanks. I never tried to please the mainstream, I just played what I felt. My guitar style is a bit sloppy, but visceral and expressive. People always tell me the lyrics are angry, but I think of them as provocative. There is anger, but I always tried to get people to think a little differently than the norm. Also, the band broke up during the third album and I put out five more on my own. I played almost every instrument on every song and recorded it all myself on an old analog four-track. That’s why the quality is so low. And, because I almost always did everything in one take. (The first take usually has the best feel).

        Do you still do photography? My girlfriend loves photography. I enjoy it, too, but only have a cheap camera. 🙂

  5. I enjoyed your lyrics, too. Very good that you continued producing your music even playing all the instruments yourself; you’re very talented.

    Yes, I still take a few photos every now and again. Pretty boring stuff though: my finished knitted items so I can post them on Ravelry (a knitting website) and pics of my garden for documentation purposes. I miss going to the shows and taking live action shots. It was so much fun. I never had an expensive camera; still need to purchase one with a image stabilizer (the photos would look a lot better).

    Oh, and I take photos of my dog and new kitten. http://www.flickr.com/photos/lorri37/11241977174/

    • Thanks. The lyrics often confuse people because I use a lot of double meanings. I’m not really that talented. I don’t play drums. I make my own beats, but use a drum machine. The bongos are real. The keyboard playing is basic and the violin playing is very basic. I’m only experienced on guitar, bass and bongos.

      I love the photo of Josiah. What a beautiful cat. My girlfriend and I are big animal lovers. It’s cool that you still do some photography. We should all do things we love.

      • Josiah is a beautiful kitten (a very large one). He’ll be one year old next month. I got him from Second Chance a no-kill adoption place in my town at 7 months old. He and my dog get along so well.

        We all should do what we love to do, absolutely.

        Keep on making music!

    • P.S. I I didn’t realize at first that there were more pictures. Dan E. is cute, too. I love the pictures of the two of them together on (I guess) a bed. Adorable. The Liberty St. sign reminded me of Zuccotti Park. One of the streets bordering the park is Liberty.

      • Thanks for checking out some of the other photos. I believe there are over 17,000 uploaded! The older ones are the band shots. The newer ones are the boring ones (to me).

        The Liberty Street sign is new as it had been stolen and was missing for a long time before being replaced last year. Cool that one of the streets is named Liberty by Zuccotti Park.

        Dan E. and Josiah really do get along well. Our cat, Lucy died last Fall after an illness and it was time to get a new cat for both me and Dan E as he always had Lucy in his life. Josiah had his brothers with him at the shelter and for a short time lived with a family that had a small dog. That’s the main reason I chose him. And that he’s orange. It’s been a long time since I have had an orange cat.

      • 🙂 17,000 is A LOT of pictures.

        Speaking of Liberty St., I took an interesting video one night while in Zuccotti Park. I started on an NYPD Surveillance camera, then panned down to the street sign – Liberty, then over to a Bank of America sign across the street. It tells quite a story.

        It was nice to make your acquaintance. 🙂 Keep up the great work on the blog. Have a good night.

      • I don’t take that many photos now due to most of my time spent indoors doing the blog. Most of the photos are from when I was taking band pics. Thankfully I have a dog who likes to go for walks a few times a day, so I do get outside.

        Very nice to meet you, too. I read all your posts, but don’t comment much usually.

      • It’s good that you go for walks – fresh air and exercise. Great for the dog, too. 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog.

        Talk to you soon.

  6. Wow. That is big for less than a year old. I know someone with a Red Pt. Ragdoll. He is huge (about 20 lbs. and not fat) and will be one year old Friday.

  7. It’s very cool that you adopted from that place. My girlfriend is crazy on the issue of spaying pets. She worked animal rescue for 10 years and saw some insane things..

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