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Old 03-30-2003, 05:40 AM   #1
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mtv big brother. yo!

Ok this may be old news. Anyway, I come from a place that is no stranger to big brother-type governments but didn't think this kind of thing would happen in America...

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For nearly a decade hip hop artist and activist Michael Franti has been a leading progressive voice in music. Franti grew out of the Bay Area music and political scene in the early 1990's. In 1986 he founded the duo the Beatnigs, paving the way for his next musical endeavor, the Disposable Heroes of HipHoprisy. His most recent musical project is the musical collective Spearhead, begun in 1994.

Franti's distinctive style is infused with hip hop, soul and jazz influences and driven by his eloquent political lyrics. He has always used music to push social boundaries. He speaks out against sexual violence, encourages his community to prevent the spread of HIV, and sings about the hypocrisy of the US government.

He has also been a leading critic of the invasion of Iraq. And recently he has learned members of his group Spearhead are under surveillance of the U.S. government.

One day after performing at an anti-war rally, relatives of one of Franti's bandmates got an unexpected visitor. Franti told Democracy Now!:

"His mother received a visit from two plain clothes men from the military and this band member of mine has a sibling who is in the gulf. And they came in and talked to her and said you have a child who's in the Gulf and you have a child who's in this band Spearhead who's part of the 'resistance' in their words. They had pictures of us performing the day before at the rally, they had pictures of us performing at some of our annual concerts that we put on that are in support of peace and human rights."
"They had his flight records for the past several months, they had the names of everybody who works in my office, our management office Guerilla Management, they had his checking account records. They asked his mother a lot of questions about where he was, what he was doing in this place, why he was going here. They confiscated his sibling's CD collection that they had brought over to listen to while they were in the Gulf, and basically were intimidating, told her which members of the press she could talk to and which members of the press she should not speak to"

"For musicians in particular it's a really hard time. Last week our label received a letter, a mass e-mail from MTV instructing the fact that no videos could be shown that mentioned the word bombing or war. No videos could be shown that had protesters in it. Any footage from military-they gave a list of prior videos that could not be shown, yet MTV has aired videos that show troops saying goodbye to their loved ones and going off to war in a very heroic fashion and troops which are gonna be coming home traumatized, wounded and dead and then be treated and thrown onto the scrap heap of veterans, as we've seen veterans treated in this country. And at the Academy Awards, there were also letters and talk that went around saying not to speak out."

Michael Franti, musician and political activist.

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frightening.
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horse crap + donkey crap + monkey urine + puke + Carson Daily = MTV
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Frightening indeed.
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that's fucked up.
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there are many myths about the United States, one of them seems to be this sense that Big Brother Jeb doesn't have his eye on you
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I can't believe that in the "land of the free" there is still massive censorship like this. Then they turn around a throw on the propaganda machine (CNN).

Makes me glad I live in Canada.
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oh fucking bullshit, CNN is horseshit, certainly does not support Bush, they pander to whatever they think gets them ratings
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if cnn is messed up, i want to have proof. myself included, have to quickly written off media networks for pandering to the government.

aside from the fox network, the rest appears to *decent* if you take in something from a variety of sources.

its the spectrum, not the channel, dear diary.
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they dont pander to the government, they pander to viewers, fox doesnt care anymore about a right wing agenda (maybe never did) they care about tapping into that market and are the only ones doing it in the US
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that would make sense, but the bottom line is (to me) when im watching it, it appears nothing more than a propaganda outlet to me, whatever their intentions.

but whatever, i dont want to turn this into a freeze your inside's thread.
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i'm just saying I dont think they do it to kiss bush's ass, they do it to get ratings, it's dollars and cents, they've got myxomatosis
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Old 03-31-2003, 01:57 AM   #13
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yes, i do agree with that. and what im saying is that to me, thats still dispicable and i dont agree with it.

i love how the simpsons rag on fox every chance they get. did you see the new one a couple of weeks ago? they showed fox news, and among other things, they had the ticker going and it sayed "90% of all democrats are gay."

ah yes, good times.
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haha

and the other 10% are bi, right?!
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no, i imagine the other 10 per cent are simply wrong.
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