Dedicated to my Postwar Class
After 80,000 citizens
of Hiroshima melted
in split seconds of
Atomic flash, some
Lost Alamos decided
to take responsibility
for what they had wrought,
of lives fighting for
They made connections.
They took responsibility.
Not once in memory short
or long has a TV station,
a rap singer, a record producer,
a moviemaker, or band member
made connection, taken responsibility
for "entertainment products" in
the free market of unconcern, those
which reflect &, yea, reinforce social
pathologies of this here culture where
the only bottom line is the bottom
line, where success alone determines
the acceptable, and the unacceptable
is only what fails to sell.
Forget 1 million teenage pregnancies a year
Forget Madison Avenue more brazenly pushing the limits of sexual explicitness
Forget the 40,000 teenagers who contract HIV each year in midst of Epic Death AIDS Epoch
Forget the epidemic of drive-by shootings, wife-beatings, girlfriend killings
Forget the hyper naturalistic stop action special effect high tech violence that fill
Forget new phenom of serial killers stalking way across our psyches & country,
stressed, lonely, lost citizens
Forget bizarre rash of cult-like killings, dismemberments, mutilations by the fully crazed
Forget massive denial of social problems. Hollywood, where are you?
Forget non-sequential, non-sequitur random glitz MTV images colonizing fantasies
on turf of what used to be your very own imagination
Forget increasingly stressed, alienated, book illiterate populace desperately
searching for diversion, escape or sensation.
Forget all this, but merely
consider: how can it be
that most powerful, pervasive
media in history of world
does not significantly
shape our thoughts, desires,
impulses, fears, reactions,
responses, reveries, daydreams, etc?
And I read that in
rock bands now
call for a "New Reich,"
while on state side, Ice Cube's
rap, #1 on the charts,
merely takes a tough line
on the "bitches" &
threatens to "bust