What does Anti-Flag’s new video for ’20/20 Vision’ have to do with this tweet?
They’re both examples of a claim by philosopher Noam Chomsky. “The key element of social control is the strategy of distraction that is to divert public attention from important issues and changes decided by political and economic elites through the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions and insignificant information.”
This quote inspired the content of the video created by Anti-Flag and their partners at Indecline (an Activist Art Collective comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers, full-time rebels and activists that focus on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies.)
Let me tell you, this video is powerful. Watch it and be as shook as we still are:
Anti-Flag wanted this video to “[take] the viewer through a history lesson of pop culture, dance moves, and the horrors of human rights atrocities and violations. The politics of distraction,” they said, “the escapism of art, the crumbs of capitalism that make people apathetic instead of empathetic, all play into our ability to turn a blind eye to the suffering of others.”
The execution of their concept honestly blew our minds! This video is so interactive as it forces the viewer in real-time to decide between enjoying the lighthearted performances of The Charleston, The Macarena, Gangnam Style, and Fortnite dances, or watching the clips of our depressing historical reality shown just behind the dancer.
Anti-Flag remains at the forefront of socially conscious punk rock bands. They’re tirelessly introducing generations of fans to progressivism through their fiery protest songs. They certainly continue to give us valuable insight into the mechanics of politics, war and propaganda in their new album 20/20 Vision, which you can pre-order here.
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