The powerful new video, Mosh, by Eminem speaks volumes about the ability of a consummate artist to express himself and mold perception. One felt a certain sense of palpable dread and concern at the images presented, and the lyrics set to a numbing beat.
Actors for the State have used such images, sounds & ideas to mold opinion - the most effective being the Nazi Minister for Propaganda, Joseph Goebbels.
Another year is behind us, the proudest and most important year of the National Socialist regime. We see its passing with honor and respect. It was a German year in Europe's history. We honor the sacrifices that the entire German people have made in this year. Some were affected more than others. We have done all we could to see that the burdens are fairly shared. This war involves the whole people. It is a war for our national existence.
Eminem uses his images to a different effect - he raises a call to arms, to a non-violent, democratic revolution
Come along, follow me as I lead through the darkness
As I provide just enough spark, that we need to proceed
Carry on, give me hope, give me strength,
Come with me, and I won't stear you wrong
Put your faith and your trust as I guide us through the fog
Till the light, at the end, of the tunnel, we gonna fight,
We gonna charge, we gonna stomp, we gonna march through the swamp
We gonna mosh through the marsh, take us right through the doors
The last person who did that, Mahatma Gandhi, pulled on the disenfranchised aspirations of a whole people and succeeded, through non-violent means. The horror that followed in Partition, though, was unforgettable. Revolutions, as the French & Russians will tell you, have a way of getting out of hand.