Well, the dummies have come home to roost! Years of media manipulation and dumbing down of America has resulted in a society-wide cynicism and willful ignorance unmatched by modern generations. Even outside the U.S., the Brexit vote both surprised and confused the World community at the seemingly backward drift of the modern man. However, it’s not really men in general. It’s a particular kind, of man or woman, that lives a life invested in the mainstream popular culture.
The Mainstream media has manipulated modern people to a George Orwell level of backward thinking. Progressives are regressive. Republicans are populists. Insiders are outsiders. Black and Latino voters are establishment shills and the so-called White middle-class is the most down-trodden segment of the population. This is all part of a cynics best wet-dream. Cynics hate progress as I stated in a piece called …
The beginning of 2016 had me reflecting on where we are as a Hip Hop Kulture… In a piece from Feb titled Where do we go from here? I said, “Right now, we don’t see a youth culture fortified by the same principles of integrity and originality we once admired. Instead, we see a youth culture bathed in the same excesses of mainstream greed and narcissism that the underground Hip Hop Kulture used to warn against. In one sense, we failed to pass on Hip Hop the proper way. That’s something I’m disappointed by every day, when I observe things outside my circle (Feb 2016)”. With that said, I then mentioned the positive side, “On the other hand, I’ve been blessed to live a life behind the scenes of Hip Hop Kulture that many would dream of living. I’ve been honored to be around some of the most talented and inspirational pioneers and innovators of the Hip Hop Kulture over the last 25 years. I’ve been in the room where legendary events have taken place and even participated in helping others ‘come to plan’. Most importantly, I’ve seen Hip Hop grow from ‘nothing’ into something over the course of my 47 years on the Earth. And knowing the obstacles we faced in the past as a culture, I feel optimistic about the future of Hip Hop. Our options for growth are, actually, more attainable than in the past (Feb 2016)”. I still believe that. (Hint: go.tmgnj.net)
This year was especially monumental for me personally, in that, I finally completed a 22 year art project. This project (which I will detail in a later post) culminated in a 3 month exhibition of 25 years of my work at the new Hip Hop Lives Archive in Plainfield NJ. Like most of my other work, these posts are meant to be understood in the future and act as a sort of journal in the meantime. A few were reposts from years ago that have relevance now. Similarly, some of the posts from this year will only begin to make sense to some as time goes on. In reverse chronological order (last to first), here are links to the articles I wrote this year.