Sunday, July 29, 2007

What's Up With YouTube

I was just out with Rob and Mark (both obsessed with Beyonce). God only knows why. They told me she recently did a show in Orlando, in which she tripped and landed a face plant on stage during "Ring the Alarm". According to them, she got up and continued the song, moving her head back and forth as if it was part of a master plan. I was so excited to come home and watch that phony 'artist' fall flat on her face. How delicious it would be, slurp! To my dismay, I looked it up on YouTube, but "this video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Sony BMG" !!!!



YouTube, who dared to ask difficult, and frankly uncomfortable, questions to the democratic candidates, such as, will the Middle East take a woman President seriously, has now caved to BMG? So provocative was the debates, that of course, the Republicans are now declining the same format. You have caved to the puppet masters of Beyonce Knowles. Shame on you. Shame on you. Comments anyone ? What does this say about our fabricated, controlled, music/ 'art' in the 21st century? Is it all about selling an image and not a message? I"m rambling, I hope we don't find this inappropriate for the "Thief", but I was seriously disturbed by the weak will of YouTube.

5 comments:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_HAHiJjBls

    they haven't blocked this one yet!

    p.s. she's a lip syncer! duh

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_HAHiJjBls

    they haven't blocked this one yet!

    p.s. she's a lip syncer! duh

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  4. i just spent a long weekend with some of the greatest guitarists alive today at Clapton's Crossroads guitar fest. So, my first thought coming home and watching this video, was that Beyonce Knowles is not music, its entertainment. Its smoke and mirrors and Jurassic Park all rolled into one shiny object, here for one night only in an amitheater near you. Not music. Music is a sacred thing, and I hope she is not naive enough to consider herself in this realm.

    That said. I also didn't see anything of the You Tube debates. I did read an article about how they refused to have a format where users can vote on the best submissions and what questions would ultimately be asked. Too democratic I guess.

    Still, the format seems to be a progressive step towards the future with a political system where everyone who wants to be is plugged in and tuned on. Not a surprise that Republicans are old, stodgy and afraid of something new and the possibility of being vulnerable. But still, to flat out decline? I'm a bit shocked, even to this day, that they show their weaknesses so readily. NAACP? No thanks. YouWho? YouTube? Not a chance, a**hole.

    And finally, as for Youtube itself, Boingboing.net frequently blogs about copyright issues and fair-use laws involving the internet in general, and YouTube in particular. I'm sure this "Sony BMG" message has something to do with the nuances of that. Or its not a matter of any "laws," but pressures to be friendly from one giant media corporation to another. Ultimately, not much of a difference.

    So since you asked, these are my thoughts. Nothing more, nothing less. I cannot begin to speculate why Rob and Mark would feign for Ms. Knowles. That one's beyond me.

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  5. I think rob and mark would like her because shes a fabqueen and entertainers entertain.

    Youtube had to remove her because she wasn't legally theres and a company is a company. If a hotel found a convict in its rooms it'd report him.

    There's also the notion that a larger company looking after her wanted to save face by removing something that pledged embarrassement. How true that is is completely unknowable by me because I know I won't research it, but I do know this:

    These days an artists image IS their message. That's it. Our society beyond question allows people to claim what they look like and nothing more. They need not provoke anything seriously. What's continously provoked is their own image, which is their message: "This is me, you likey?"

    Usually "me" is strangely hypnotic and sexy. But after it wears off or trips and falls theres not much left but damage control, and even then, people still want to believe.

    Just keep that curtain bright enough and no one cares whats behind it.

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