Big Brother Is Watching, and the Music Warned Us
    • FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013

    • Posted by: Owen Reuther

    The ever-unfolding NSA story is turning guys like Huxley and Orwell into 20th century prophets. It shouldn't be much of a surprise that Big Brother really is watching us (and apparently China too), considering they started tapping our phones a decade ago. For those of us who know the tragic tale of Winston Smith, this information is not new or surprising; we have been carefully covering our tracks on the Internet by never searching anything incriminating ever. Regardless of how futile it is for the government to know my Internet history (which consists mainly of searches for complex words, music videos, and watching tv shows), it does feel as though my privacy has been invaded. However, some people who were less prepared for this fact are freaking out over what is to them shocking news- like reacting that way isn't sketchy at all.

    The argument behind this invasion of privacy is that collecting information on citizen's via their browser history will eventually bring percolating terrorist plots to light before they are acted upon. Apparently criminal masterminds are still out there Googling incriminating things like "how to perform a terrorist attack." With this information our government plans to somehow stop crime before it happens. Admittedly avoiding something like 9/11 would be a miracle. But is compiling a record of useless web history on people like me (see aforementioned internet activity) the best way to do that? This really doesn't seem like an efficient use of our resources.

    Yes, fighting terrorism is necessary, but this news is a bit disheartening. A beautiful bubble of privacy that I imagined between my computer and the government has been breached, forcing me to question to what extent these inquiries will go. A preemptive strike halting a terrorist attack is one thing, and I concede that if something like that were to happen then I would be grateful the pentagon has a file detailing my Internet activity. But to me we're treading on thin ice, and if this research is taken any further I'm afraid I'll end up like Tom Cruise in Minority Report.

    Luckily, some people out there have been mentally preparing themselves for this day for a long time. According to most paranoid artists of the last 100 years this state of society was inevitable. And so it seems ladies and gentlemen, we have finally arrived at our destiny. This is the beginning of the beginning of the end. Pretty soon we'll all be in submission to one behemoth national Party, and anyone who speaks out with a differing opinion will simply disappear one day. So, sit back and listen to a few prophetic anti-technology/anti-government songs of the last 50 years. It might be your last chance before the Federal Government starts calling it treason.

    Bob Dylan - "Masters Of War"

    Bobby D was always claiming he had no agenda and wasn't fighting for any cause, which was a viable excuse based on the ambiguous nature of most of his lyrics. But this one is pretty straight forward

    Radiohead - "2+2=5"

    Despite their use of the legendary equation that ultimately finalizes Winston Smith's submission in the 20th century classic 1984, Radiohead's Thom Yorke always seems like he's looking over his shoulder. Remember that two and two always makes a five.

    Pink Floyd - "Sheep"

    Wait? What? This song isn't just about sheep grazing in a field?

    "What do you get for pretending the danger's not real / Meek and obedient you follow the leader / Down well-trodden corridors into the valley of steel. What a surprise! / A look of terminal shock in your eyes / Now things are really what they seem / No, this is no bad dream"

    Sam Cooke - "A Change Is Gonna Come"

    This classic song epitomized the civil rights movement in America, and can easily make a grown man cry It's been a long time comin'.

    Flobots - "Same Thing"

    This is just one of the many political manifestos put to music by the Flobots that criticize the U.S. government and its foreign policy.

    "We've been all over the globe on our government funds / Leavin' man woman and child dead bloody and numb / We've been overthrowing leaders with legitimate views / Democratically elected but we didn't approve"

    Muse - "Knights Of Cydonia"

    Muse almost always seems like they're paranoid of being enslaved by some foreign power. Plus this video is awesome.

    Killer Mike - "Reagan"

    Killer Mike couldn't be more explicit about his distaste for the Reagan administration. If he said the same things in Russia he'd probably be sharing a cell with Pussy Riot.

    Jim James - "State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U.)"

    James uses state of the art technology, but thinks it might be using him too.

    "Supposed to make for better livin'/ But are we better human beings?"

    Watch Jim James at Hype Hotel

    Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Throw Away Your Television"

    Today maybe they would call it "Throw Away Your Smartphone." Either way, the imagery is still powerful.

    Rage Against The Machine - "Take The Power Back"

    Almost every Rage Against The Machine song is directed towards violent overthrow and toppling regimes. Is anyone surprised they made the list?

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