Originally posted by Astyanax
reply to post by LazarusTsiyr
Don't forget Bob Dylan. There's video of him admitting that he sold his soul to the devil and how he regrets it.
How tragic it must be to live in a world without metaphor.
And how even more tragic that no one who is not convinced even bothers to question the fundamentally negative concept of selling ones soul to the
devil for fame; a fundamentally negative concept that is pervasive throughout the history and present times of the entertainment business. Tons of
models, actors, musicians either hint at or outright say they have sold their soul, or sold their soul to to the devil to get where they are. This
concept is nothing new, and has been repeated in the many popular songs we listen to or coming out of the celebrities mouths themselves since the
inception of the mass entertainment industry. If you have that many grown, competent, famous people speaking about the same thing for dosens of years,
that at least begs an inquiry.
Now, the people who don't buy into it at all see's this as a metaphor in which selling ones soul means giving up the very fiber of your being,
whatever convictions you upheld, what made you YOU, your freedom of expression and mind, to the devil
, which could be a (the?) business/
corporate entity that is solely concerned with material wealth and image, and practices and markets base, hedonistic thought patterns and actions(sex,
drugs, rock'n roll, violence; the bulk of the subject matter in popular music). So tons of popular celebrities in history and today say or hint at
exchanging their morals and freedom of thought for lots of attention and mountains of cash that was given to them by a giant freakin' corporation.
Isn't that the translation of the metaphor?
So where has this metaphor come from? Why are the moral convictions and freedom of thought and expression referred to as the "soul", while the giant
corporation, CEO or who/whatever referred to as "the devil"? And something repeated over and over and over by popular celebrities? Any skeptics
think that elicits a bit of ominousness? Anybody think that's a bit dark? For the big ol' corporations and CEO's to be referred to as "the devil"
is pretty severe, and would indicate something much deeper than simple publicity and coolness.
Why do all the pop musicians have a need to market and associate themselves with something as negative as satanic/occult symbols and imagery for buzz?
Why all of them? The million dollar marketing campaign is not enough? None of them can think of their own way to generate buzz? Their first album
drops and its "aw man! You know what would get EVERYBODY talking about me? Satan! pentagrams, eyes, pyramids and the devil hand sign n' all! Sh** am
i brilliant..." That argument, i don't buy. a little situational logic should tell anyone with a mind for empirical thought the same.
Knowledge starts with a question, people.