As so many practiced diplomats, so too your vaunted laureates, whose access to the higher rungs of the cultural priesthood is hinged upon their flair for sophistry. Well, I vote you the best-equipped to shrink from speech that might suggest any thoughts your key target-market might not have already signed-off on and ratified. And I vote you most likely to clutter your language with so much deadwood that no amount of pruning will reveal your intensive, protracted campaign of saying nothing at all. Your daydreams of black tie affairs at Rideau Hall. Your acceptance speech. Your dramatic pause. Don't forget to thank those bitter ex-musician cum embedded rock-journalists frantically applauding the latest artist-formerly-known-as-iconoclast, giddy from the fumes of a fresh defection, moping to the maudlin beat of a hat rack rhythm section, a tacit understanding of mutual non-aggression enjoyed by every nauseating do-nothing functionary. Really, it's not so much the incessant ruse of assigning profound meaning to the meaningless curios you decorate you sets with in your extraordinarily mundane fictions. It's the (colossal) arrogance of the subtext: the province of human affairs is a field best left to dilettantes with the extraordinary gift for feigning of paralysis. For saying nothing at all. For daydreams of black tie affairs at Rideau Hall. An acceptance speech. Sustained applause.


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    General CommentModern politics are based entirely around words and speeches rather than beliefs and ideals.
    punkpirateon April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMobey Dick? Fedallah?
    redpatcheron April 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't really understand the moby dick reference?! From what i gather the song rejects bands, writers, thinkers that use politics for financial gain. I once thought it was symbolising that in the end the heathens all end up lynched. Fedallah spent years trying to catch Moby Dick so I guess his aspirations are buried with him. ??
    njhunteron May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is talking about how the media has become a higher-archial mindless orgy of self-importance. That diplomacy is little more than a mathematically calculated cliche that is designed to invoke great intrest and emotion in meaningless subject matter. It's an obvious ploy to distract attention away from genocide, war crime, fraud,etc...

    Moby Dick is the story of the feutal pursuit of the great whale in order to go down in the history books. In the end it's a meaningless fight that brings death to all sides, less those in control. In the end, we never even see it coming, the decline of society, the fall of mankind.
    SufferBoy2Kon May 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think SufferBoy2k is right on.

    In addition, I believe that like Anti-Flag's "The Press Corpse", this song is about the failure of the media to question government and international bodies. It really is easier for the media to spoon feed the public whatever is fed to them by reigning regimes than it is for them to investigate those in power.
    superman9kon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAlso, Rideau Hall is the residence of the Governor General of Canada. Ex-musician cum embedded rock journalist is pretty obviously Bono from U2. "Access to the higher rungs of the cultural priesthood is hinged upon their flair for sophistry" refers to journalists' access to upper-class galas. Rather than piss high-ranking government officials off by investigating them, they'd rather sit back, say nothing, and enjoy the "black tie affairs". They are "feigning paralysis" and "saying nothing at all" during press conferences. The reference to a target-market means that advertising rules what is shown on TV news. The dollar is the bottom line.

    Those are my (somewhat scattered) thoughts.
    superman9kon July 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the higher classes and top of society, the capitalists trying to act like heroes or amazing proggressive revolutionaries or something that are trying to change the world. When really it's just an image probably to sell more records and gain more populary and to not loose credibility or something when real revolutionaries or progressive people from the underground (like propagandhi themselves probably e.t.c). just all the time keep taking shit up and fighting for it. And then mainstream media, capitalists millionaire artists take their whole effort away from them and basically spit at it all almost and make it seem like it's theirs and that rather then change coming from below and the bottom from grassroot organisations e.t.c they give illusion of that it comes or will come from the top.

    And really they're not that interested in actually changing the issues or they're playing it safe instead of actually trying to bring some real change and discussion, and rather then bringing that they bring opposite and make people believe everything's fine and will be and is being taken care of by the ones in the top, and those care more about and maintaining their own interests, power and statous or even increasing it perhaps really. And then since they're the ones in power they basically sit and celebrate eachothers "efforts". Making them look even better and greater, when really they've done nothing and their "effort to bring change" and "make the world a better place" might really and actually be counteractive.
    St.Catastropheon December 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Well, I vote you the best-equipped to shrink from speech that might suggest any thoughts your key target-market might not have already signed-off on and ratified"

    meaning i think that basically if someone will or would say anything different and more complicated and complex then something bono's or medias keytarget are already ok with or agree with, like something obvious like "fuck poverty!" e.t.c. he'll or they'll shrink and look like total dumbasses cause there's nothing more behind it you know, they just know it's safe to say and they'll gain some press or whatever, sell some more records. Maybe a bit cynic perhaps, but seriously i'd like to know bono's thoughts e.t.c. on capitalism e.t.c or capitalism as a system. But most likely me or no one ever will outside of his little rich mans "club" pretending to be heroes.
    St.Catastropheon December 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song has nothing to do with Bono; don't be ridiculous. You have to think about context and do more homework on Canadian government, media and events.

    I'm pretty sure the song is taking a shot at either one of or several recipients of the Order of Canada, a prestigious award that has in recent years been given to quite a few controversial recipients, a few of them being musicians. The awards ceremony is now held outside of Rideau Hall, and it has also been the site of many people protesting the people they felt did not deserve the award.

    I think it's also taking a shot at the current Governor General of Canada, herself being a hugely controversial choice for the seat.
    Lerxston October 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTo add to that, it's probably some recipient of the award, or someone hoping to win the award, that has turned their back on Canada and moved to the US in search of fame of fortune.
    Lerxston October 22, 2008   Link

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