HomeOpinionHippie Digest: Why We War – Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup – Political Pop Culture

463px-PProg_50_p115_SadAndDolefulBy Ars Moriendi,CJE

I Know Why We War

We watched a story play out
in silence
I asked him to describe what he saw
between the two
He painted a tale of jealousy and despise
told from the view of a mad brothers eyes.

I should have known then he was poison.

I spun my own story
of love and support
I do not revel in the intrigue
time to rise up young brother
see something more
we will escape together.

You are more than the toxic youth
that you were taught to be.

imgres-1Bonnaroo 2013 Lineup: Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty Headlining
Bjork, Wu-Tang Clan, Wilco, Pretty Lights also on tap for the massive Tennessee festival.

Paul McCartney will take center stage at this year’s Bonnaroo festival, which will invade Manchester, Tenn. from June 13-16. Macca, Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers lead this year’s lineup, announced on Tuesday (Feb. 19).

The annual four-day music festival will be home to a rare U.S. festival appearance for McCartney, who headlined Coachella in 2009. Last year, the 70-year-old released a collection of standards, “Kisses on the Bottom,” and performed with the remaining members of Nirvana at 12-12-12: The Concert For Sandy Relief as well as on “Saturday Night Live.” More…

imgres-2Why Liberals Make Better Political Pop Culture than Conservatives
Heaven help me, I’m praising Jonah Goldberg.

In my ongoing quest to reach across the aisle and foster bipartisanship, I come to praise Jonah Golderb—yes, that Jonah Goldberg, the author of Liberal Fascism and innumerable appalling columns, for what he writes in the Los Angeles Times, in which he recoils at the suggestion by some of his brethren that they need to buy a movie studio and start churning out conservative films:

There’s a difference between art and propaganda. Outside the art house crowd, liberal agitprop doesn’t sell. Art must work with the expectations and beliefs of the audience. Even though pregnancies are commonplace on TV, you’ll probably never see a hilarious episode of a sitcom in which a character has an abortion — because abortion isn’t funny.

The conservative desire to create a right-wing movie industry is an attempt to mimic a caricature of Hollywood. Any such effort would be a waste of money that would make the Romney campaign seem like a great investment.

There’s something Goldberg doesn’t mention, which is that when they’ve tried this kind of thing in the past, conservatives have failed miserably. The problem isn’t that pop culture isn’t a good way to influence people’s political beliefs, it’s that when conservatives have tried to use pop culture for those ends, the results have been almost uniformly awful. What was supposed to be funny wasn’t funny, what was supposed to be thrilling was boring, and what was supposed to get your toes tapping and your head nodding produced nothing but derisive laughter.More…


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