Distant Early Warning(s)

The role of entertainment and media in society has been debated since they entered into the mainstream. Are these works the reflection of society, intended to enter a topic into the zeitgeist, or serve as warnings for a future time?

Yes, it's a complex question, which most likely results in "all of the above" being the correct answer, but I want to focus on a very specific subset of media that's been produced over the last fifty years or so.  This is entertainment and media from across multiple domains which appear to have served as a warning of things that were yet to come.  In some cases the warnings have been more general in nature, while others have been much more specific in that they align very closely with events we've seen unfold in front of our own eyes.  This will be a series af articles where I take selected works from a subset of entertainment or media and attempt to place them in context with this reality.  We're going to lead this off with the music domain.  Why?  Because it's my article, I enjoy analyzing lyrics, and it's where I decided to start, OK?  A discussion on the Blabs with our very own Modesty lead to what follows.

I'm the Slime (Coming out of your TV set)

We'll start out with a little song from Uncle Frank (Zappa), where he opines on the reality of planting content delivery devices (TV's) in every household with "I'm the Slime" (1973).  Keep in mind that the TV had only reached 50% in 1955, just 18 years prior to this being written and released.  Was Uncle Frank wise enough to understand where it would lead, or was the idea placed intentionally for the purpose of acceptance?

[Verse 1]
I am gross and perverted//I'm obsessed 'n deranged
I have existed for years//But very little has changed
I'm the tool of the government//And industry too
For I am destined to rule//And regulate you

In Verse 1, Zappa identifies TV as being a propaganda tool for both state and industry, and goes on to further say the content will eventually control the viewer in some way.

[Verse 2]
I may be vile and pernicious//But you can't look away
I make you think I'm delicious//With the stuff that I say
I'm the best you can get//Have you guessed me, yet?
I'm the slime oozin' out//From your TV set

We're introduced to the (toxic)slime in Verse 2, which is the content being emitted by the television.  Despite content that is, or will become vile, the viewers will be unable to turn away.

[Verse 3]
You will obey me while I lead you//And eat the garbage that I feed you
Until the day that we don't need you//Don't go for help, no one will heed you
Your mind is totally controlled//It has been stuffed into my mold
And you will do as you are told//Until the rights to you are sold

Verse 3 sets that stage for what we know as the NPC, which is lead around and programmed by the broadcast narrative.  You will do as you're told until "the rights to you(r data) are sold".  Yeah, he pretty much nailed it.

That's right, folks
Don't touch that dial

It's clear the only solution has been to turn it off in order to prevent the slime from programming your world view and subsequent perception of reality.

Well, I am the slime from your video//Oozin' along on your livin' room floor
I am the slime from your video//Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go
I am the slime from your video//Oozin' along on your livin' room floor
I am the slime from your video//Can't stop the slime, people, lookit me go

Moving ahead to 1976, we have Rush and their epic 2112, where Neil Peart describes a digital future ruled by "The Priests of the Temples of Syrinx".  This is well before "great computers fill our hallowed halls" or had the impact they currently have on society.

2112: Overture, which precedes The Temples of Syrinx sets the backdrop of "the bleakness of Megadon", which I believe represent the (15 Minute?) cities of the dystopian future that's desired for us by the WEF.


[Verse 1]
We've taken care of everything//The words you hear, the songs you sing
The pictures that give pleasure to your eyes//It's one for all and all for one
We work together, common sons//Never need to wonder how or why

In Verse 1, Peart identifies a ruling class that provides everything to a "unified" society, that's not to question how or why this is.  Do as you're told, just trust us, and don't attempt to think for yourself.  Sounds vaguely familiar to words coming out of the WEF and that we should simply "trust the science/experts".

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx//Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx//All the gifts of life are held within our walls

Within the chorus, Peart reveals the "Priests of the Temples of Syrinx" as the ruling class (Technocrats) and their "great computers" which contain "all the gifts of life".  So much of this can be spun into agendas currently active within the WEF, including everything from lab grown/synthesized food to transhumanism, and even population control.

[Verse 2]
Look around at this world we've made//Equality our stock-in-trade
Come and join the Brotherhood of Man//Oh, what a nice, contented world
Let the banners be unfurled//Hold the Red Star proudly high in hand

Verse 2 makes it perfectly clear that we're in a "communist utopia", where equality and a content people are the result.  The symbolism of the Red Star being held high is quite obvious here.

We are the Priests of the Temples of Syrinx//Our great computers fill the hallowed halls
We are the Priests, of the Temples of Syrinx//All the gifts of life are held within our walls


Jumping forward several decades to 2009 and something more contemporary, we have Muse with Uprising.  The Resistance, of which Uprising is the opening track, is heavily influenced by Orwell's dystopian masterpiece, 1984.  Beyond the distinctly revolutionary feeling, there's plenty of lyrical focus on identifying both the enemy and their techniques.

[Verse 1]
Paranoia is in bloom
The PR transmissions will resume
They'll try to push drugs that keep us all dumbed down
And hope that we will never see the truth around
(So come on)

In Verse 1, Muse identifies PR/propaganda and drugs (both prescription and recreational varieties) as methods to keep the public blind, numb, and dumb to the activities being carried out which are not in their best interests.

[Verse 2]
Another promise, another seed
Another packaged lie to keep us trapped in greed
And all the green belts wrapped around our minds
And endless red tape to keep the truth confined
(So come on)

In Verse 2, we get into promises (made and not kept), planted narratives, and outright lies to keep people caught up in consumer mindset.  Expressed lyrically as "trapped in greed", but also trapped in debt as a result.  The association of green belts (natural areas within the city on which nothing new can be built) with the construction of a physical barrier around our mind in order to prevent new thoughts from being allowed to take hold is brilliant.  All while also being kept from discovering truth by way of endless bureaucratic red tape.

[Verse 3]
Interchanging mind control
Come let the revolution take its toll
If you could flick a switch and open your third eye
You'd see that we should never be afraid to die
(So come on)

Verse 3 sets that stage for the coming revolution, beginning with exiting the mind control program.  Use your mind and ability to reason, in order to break out beyond what your eyes can see.  "Your third eye" combined with people feeling they have nothing to lose are being summoned to the battle.

[Verse 4]
Rise up and take the power back
It's time the fat cats had a heart attack
You know that their time's coming to an end
We have to unify and watch our flag ascend
(So come on)

Verse 4 is the start of the revolution where the people rise up and take the power back, while the fat cats succumb to heart attacks (or worse).  The people have to set aside differences and unify in order to defeat the fat cats, while raising a new flag.  As longs as it's not a pride, U.N., or Chinese flag, or something that once represented communism, we should be just fine.

Just the tip of the iceberg

While it was only three songs I presented here, I could have easily included a dozen from Muse alone which circle around the common themes of mistrust of government, megacorporations, and globalist agendas.  Explaining to people that much of what they're told is is intentionally misleading, because knowing the truth, would in fact lead to revolution.  One we're right on the brink of at this point in time.

Sidenote:  If Muse is new to you, I suggest going back through their catalog and giving them a solid listen. Ping me for suggestions.

Bonus material: Music videos!

Frank Zappa - I'm the Slime

Rush - 2112: The Temples of Syrinx

Muse - Uprising

Articles title inspired by Rush - Distant Early Warning (In all its 80's goodness)

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