"What's money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do."
MTV will tell you what your next cd should be. This cd might come with a free DVD or a free poster; perhaps some special "bonus tracks." Anything that will get you to buy it.
In my generation of "music," musicians who write their own songs are sacred. The talent is not needed. A pretty face helps though. New rappers will continue to make millions of dollars in their new soda adds. Britney Spears will continue to strut around naked on stage, lip-syncing of course. Attending the concert and listening to the cd are one in the same.
Music has lost its power. In the 60's, great musicians and bands like Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd would create music as an art form, not for money. Commercialism has made our generation lazy. Everything is now faked and fed to us on a silver platter, no longer allowing us to think for ourselves.
Movies are no longer praised for plot or art value, but rather for the size of the explosion in that familiar car chase.
Clothing that was once considered "punk" in the 80's is now bought as another trend at stores like Hot Topic, which happens to be owned by the corporation GAP.
The artist and the businessman used to be two separate people. Art was free. Now, the business has taken it over. Taking a line from the great film EASY RIDER, "A man is not free when he is bought and sold in the marketplace."
Many people wear the same clothes as the next person does. Many people listen to the same music as the next person does. And many people think the same thoughts as the next person does.
We keep staring at the television set, as it tells us what to think. We should all be strong enough to ignore it and turn it off. Once we do that, we will no longer feel the need to be the same as everyone else.