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Femion » Rise Against Bad Music

Rise Against Bad Music

August 31st, 2006

Just to show that I’m not biased towards pop or rap, this week’s bad music comes from punk.
Rise Against: Ready To Fall

Here’s what Rise Against have to say about their video:
“Ready To Fall” is the most important video Rise Against has ever made. This video transcends our band and our music and talks about a much bigger picture, a picture that affects each of us. I hope people check this video out and then share it with their friends and loved ones. We are all witness’ to the suffering that our planet and it’s people endure, the only question now is: what will we do about it?
Right. Family affair.
It’s pretty obvious what the general message is. We’ve got to respect our planet because it’s where we live. Hey, I agree with that; I’m the first person to say that Global Warming is a problem.
This video isn’t just about Global Warming, though. It’s all over the place. It’s just a bunch of propaganda “don’t eat meat because women throw baby chicks and keep dolphins in cages for entertainment” video clips that probably came off of Peta, mixed with images of the band standing on FAKE tree stumps and standing in front of a waterfall. Be a vegan, or else the beautiful waterfall will disappear. Okay, maybe the waterfall has more to do with logging, but still. That waterfall’s in a protected park in British Columbia, it’s in no danger. I’ve been there.
What bothers me more is that they’re using their video to emotionally manipulate people. It’s human nature that if someone successful is saying something you truly believe in, you’ll tend to believe in everything else that person is saying. A lot of people are genuinely concerned about Global Warming, and when they see this, they will link animal cruelty, the logging industry, and Global Warming all in the same level of credulity and importance. However, the entire purpose of the video is not to inform the viewer or tell them what they can do, it’s designed to make the viewer mad, and angry audiences work better for punk. Somehow, during the course of the song, Rise Against has gone from pretentious to virtuous.
So go out and buy their new CD. It will save the world. (and all the cute wittle animals)

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