posted on Apr, 20 2010 @ 07:56 PM
Blessed be the Trend Setters
Hearken back with me my fellow ATS Members to one of the darkest chapters in American History.
No not the Great Depression, no not the Civil War, no not the Attack on Pearl Harbor or the infamy of 9-11, not even Water Gate but, the Disco Era
that soon fell on it’s heels.
Hippies, shorn of their hair, and finally forced to get jobs after their parents had finally cut their allowances, in part because people in their
30’s should have their first job, and in part because Jimmy Carter’s economic policies gave their parent’s little choice.
Depressed from that daily 9-5 grind, desperate to relive their wild and foot loose and fancy free youths, they flocked into the discothèques after
the work day, often still wearing their work clothes, to mill around and dance the night away to the mindless and repetitious rhythms of the Village
People, Donna Summer, K.C. and the Sunshine Band, a Taste of Honey, the Pointer Sisters and many others, that still haunt people to this day during
Numbed and soul dead from the drudgeries of corporate work, they would look to further numb the mind, heart and soul with arguably the worst music in
the history of humankind.
People were afraid, and not just the rapidly aging Rock Stars of the 60’s and 70’s as they stubbornly clung to power chords and their bellbottom
tie-dyed jeans, and velour shirts, wondering if they would ever strike Billboard Gold again.
Some were ready to proclaim all was lost, Eric Clapton had retreated to the Bahamas’ ready to personally devour Carlos Ledher’s Island of Cocaine,
Deep Purple, and Aero Smith broke up citing, the likelihood they would never sell another record. Peter Townsend of the Who became lost in a
depressive alcoholic daze until one night in a London Club, appearing out of nowhere, came salvation in the form of a rambunctious, obnoxious, and
energetic young man, who wasn’t just a punk but proud of it, one Mr. Johnny Rotten.
Johnny Rotten and the Sex Pistols would take the UK and then New York City by storm, with harsh, raw edged chords, driving bass lines, and relentless
drums, and vocals screamed at a decibel so loud at the recreant former hippies, trapped in a disco morass they would snap out of their disco daze and
Rock and Roll was saved, thanks to Johnny Rotten, soon the legendary bands and artists of the 60’s and early 70’s would be on the rise once more,
back on the Billboard Charts, back on the Grammies, and like New Coke would fall to the old and Classic Coke, they became known as Classic Rock!
Why it this important you ask? Because much like music had in the Disco Era, broadcast and televised news has followed that insane commercialization,
into mindless, meaningless, substance-less repetitiveness. CNN, FOX, and MSNBC, had become the Studio 54, and Red Parrot of News…
Until a revolutionary showed up, until a trail blazer showed up, until someone’s who raw talent and tenaciousness, and endless drive showed
up…just like Johnny Rotten came to save Rock and Roll…
Johnny Anonymous came to save video broadcast news.
Daring, and risk taking, cut from the same cloth as such legends as Cronkite and Rather, Johnny Anonymous’s no nonsense, just the facts, plain
spoken style would serve to restore credibility to the craft and trade, and open the way for others.
No matter how grave the news, Johnny’s steady, trustworthy demeanor, command of the vernacular, and the ability to share with us the average person
on the streets view, gave an entire generation hope, where none had existed before.
Certainly he had his detractors, those who screamed where is Anna Nicole, what about Scott Peterson, how come he has no sequin tie, but Johnny paid
them no heed, Johnny was all about the news, all about the people, all about us.
There were those desperate to silence him, in an age where information is power, and secrets guarded carefully, Johnny stuck to his guns, and told it
like it was, and let the chips fall where they may.
Oozing with integrity, and a humble yet unmistakable panache and style, Johnny taught us it was safe once more to watch video news, Johnny taught us
that it was safe once more, to trust in that person reporting it, Johnny changed everything.
Johnny forged ahead into territory other anchors and journalists were afraid to follow. As his legend and popularity grew, so too, did that rekindled
thirst on the part of the masses for more, more straight laced news, more anchors and journalists not afraid to speak to the naked and unbridled
truth, an awakening was occurring not seen since Led Zeppelin put out In through the Out Door!
Johnny Anonymous had snuck in through the out door, and made the world safe again!
So while we all get caught up in the heady moment, of a movement, that is beginning to take off with a thunderous roll, as the buzz of the highly
anticipated and intensely awaited, critically acclaimed Conspiracy Chicks let us not forget the man, the myth, the broadcast and news legend, Johnny
Anonymous, who made it all possible.
Like Johnny Appleseed saved the Apple Trees, and Johnny Rotten saved Rock and Roll, Johnny Anonymous, should be and shall be, forevermore and always
fondly and reverently remembered as the man who saved the News!
Three cheers for Johnny!
Hip hip hooray, Hip hip hooray, Hip hip hooray.
We shall forever be in your debt Mr. Anonymous!
[edit on 20/4/10 by ProtoplasmicTraveler]