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Video killed the radio star

There was a song in the 80’s by Buggles called ‘Video killed the radio star’ about how a change in how music was delivered led to the decline of radio as the more visual world of the pop video started to dominate music.

Fast forward to now and interestingly digital music has killed something different.

Music was a thing we enjoyed collectively, socially, either watching tv music shows together, going to listen to live music, on the radio or listening to vinyls altogether. We collectively discussed the music, we joked about some songs, challenged each other’s tastes sometimes and enjoyed the wonderful thing that music brings to us together. Often, as there was just one turntable, or one radio or one cd player, we all had to share and endure at times other’s music. But it was a social thing.

Now, more often, we download to our devices and plug in our headphones, earphones etc and listen to music alone. So instead of being together to listen, we can now all plug in and listen to music separately.

I do myself and I love that I can have literally the entire world’s music at my fingertips, but I not sure I love to listen to music alone.

The digital world is great but some balance and adjustment is needed, as we have only had the digital world for such a short period of time.

It is no surprise that vinyls are making a come back.

Anaesthetised

An overload of ‘shock and awe’ news over the last few decades have anaesthetised the population to almost anything.

There is selective fake hysterical shock whipped up by the media to cause division and distraction about certain things such as benefit cheating, ‘terror’ and celebrity news. Essentially the creation of people or things to hate and vilify.

Now the ‘machine’ has succeeded in controlling the masses in an Orwellian way that previous despots and dictators could have only dreamed off in their warped heads. The 20th-century villains we amateurs in comparison.

The level of questioning and curiosity with the narrative presented to us is almost zero, the blind acceptance is at best staggering. People have become fearful of different, fearful of questioning and with an education system programmed for compliance, removal of creativity and the enforcement of the myths that control us, the chance of this changing is diminished further. Maybe many are fearful of a different voice, fearful of listening, as they may have to challenge what they believe, maybe they will not fit in anymore. Better perhaps to fit in than to look through a different set of glasses.

The excuses of ‘what can I do?’ used to allow ourselves off the hook has always been there, but I do believe that it is now deeper than mild indifference, or feeling of inability to change the situation, it is now that most are cold and unaffected, programmed to accept. A blind faith that the one voice is right and any variance is treason, dangerous and must be silenced.

Not that they are bad humans or maliciously uncaring, it is that the overwhelm, the manipulation, the conditioning and myths that we follow have created a canvas for the ruling elite to get away with almost anything.

All I would say is remain curious, follow your instincts, have the courage to voice what you believe and be prepared to be open to all views and opinions. You may stay with the same views and that is OK, in fact, none of my business as this is all opinion. But worth exploring at very least that there could be an alternative to what we are told.

The anaesthetic wears off eventually and the more you question, the quicker it goes. The better informed we become when we take into account all voices, even if you do not like some of them.

On all sides of the debate, it is better not be anaesthetised with only your worldview.