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I just sat through a good portion of the Grammies with some friends of mine and we were all talking about music, what we like, what we don’t. And it hit me. Nothing that I saw performed was written by the performers. All the thought and energy of one of the biggest events in music was placed on putting hacks into recyclable positions on stage.

The people in control of the media are killing everything good about our culture. Artists no longer emerge from the settling of those who lack ability; they are forged from a factory that molds cheap knock-offs and imitations.

Mel Brooks was right -
“God willing we’ll all be reunited in Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money”

How does it happen? Hilary Duff craps out our New Years, Carrie Underwood + Rascal Flats spit on the Eagles, mean while those that have real talent, are left unrecognized. People are dying in Iraq and the only thing we care about is if Anna Nicole Smith overdosed on TrimSpa.

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Don’t get me wrong, I love mass media, I browse everyday through the magazine racks at Wal-Mart, but what is it doing to our culture? It infects what we perceive as talent and quality; destroys our history. Media is now used to only make paper stars that are all working for corporate bottom-line thinking. If you can’t make the money, they’ll take out the trash. But there is no substance. American Idol creates a star from a karaoke singer.

What will be the result of this? Don’t know. But let my own lack of a voice be heard – I’ll never watch the Grammies again.

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