Friday, February 08, 2008

Music cannot change the world, says Neil Young

"Canadian folk rock legend Neil Young said he has lost all hope that music can change the world, as he presented a documentary about his 2006 anti-war concert tour at the Berlin film festival on Friday.

'I know that the time when music could change the world is past. I really doubt that a single song can make a difference. It is a reality,' Young told reporters.

'I don't think the tour had any impact on voters.'"

Well, no, that's not quite true. Young people's attention to Hollywood and the music industry is more pervasive than ever. They may not be getting their opinions from pop-songs, but they certainly aren't getting them from newspapers, Internet news or any other type of "hard" reporting.

Our entertainment industry coupled with our union-dominated dysfunctional education system has dumbed down the electorate to the vanishing point.

Witness our current crop of presidential candidates, now devoid of all but the demagogues promising "free stuff" from the government without anyone challenging them for how it will be paid for.

Not having figured out how to pay for current social spending, we are being presented with a menu of new goodies. Has anybody put out a rap song or even a 60s protest style song along the lines of "Where's the money going to come from?". Maybe The Who's "We Won't Get Fooled Again" would qualify, except given the left leanings of the media (rather than genuine skepticism), we probably will.

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