Yosef Brody, who penned the Z piece and is a clinical psychologist in Paris, references recent studies establishing that young children are prone to pay particular attention to TV commercials, but they can’t discriminate its form or intent from other programming. A majority of these ads are for junk food, which is directly related to childhood obesity, considered a health epidemic and correlated with diabetes and hypertension (conditions that have tripled in teenagers since 1980).
Gender stereotyping and violence are also rampant.
“Recent research shows that a high level of exposure to commercial messages is a significant cause of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and psychosomatic complaints, including headaches and stomachaches,” Brody writes. “Sociologist Juliet Schor found robust evidence that the more that psychologically healthy children become involved in commercial culture, the worse their mental health becomes, and that the more that emotionally disturbed children disengage from commercial culture, the healthier they get.”
Yeah peeps, stop watching TV, stop listening to the radio, stop reading newspapers, don’t pay attention to ads in the streets, the tube, the buses, the corner of your inbox… None of this is there for you as much as for your wallet and, eventually, your goddamn soul.
So disabled anon eh? Okay, lets just get this straight. Dir en grey is NOT the no.1 japanese band. That title belongs to B'z, via charts, sales, and popularity wise. Also, The Birthday Massacre is a shit local band? Ex-fucking-cuse me? Tell that to Metropolis Records. The Birthday Massacre is a great band, quite different from DEG, but I feel their music would be a nice contrasting compliment.
But really, people who go about spouting shit like you, really bugs me. DEG's US market is primarily anime fans, by having them open and tour for already ESTABLISHED bands, they gain a greater chance of actually becoming something here, something more than one music video on Fuse or MTV2. Something more than that one japanese band. Also, their greatest record is still WtD. The last three don't strike me as anything fancy or special, hit or miss purely.
But yeah, your ignorant statement kinda annoyed the fuck outta me. If you are gonna go about spouting nonsense, have something to back it the fuck up. If DEG was Japan's No.1 band, their shows in Japan would have more people, they'd play bigger better venues, not to knock them, but really. They are a far cry from the number one band in Japan.
That honor has and still belongs to B'z. End Story, everything you say after this is irrelevant. K THX BAI.
Alright. I’ll give you one point there; nobody can pretend anyone is the best at anything. Dir en Grey is not the no.1 Japanese band. From those I know, Sex Machineguns is definitely technically better. I’ve never heard of B’z.
Now to answer everything else, “bigger shows” as you put them doesn’t necessarily mean “better musicians”. As far as I can tell, the biggest names are usually the worst musicians. Everybody’s heard of britney spears, yet I hardly doubt she knows anything about music at all.
That being said, I study music and I gave a chance to Birthday Massacre. I never, ever say anything sucks before I give it a try. So sorry if I hurt your feeling there, but Canadian or not, goth-ish or not, the Birthday Massacre people don’t play good music. They’re playing formulas that have been played for decades, their over-mixed over-mastered sound is as plastic as anything you hear on the radio, only it’s darker to please depressive teenagers’ tastes. They have their good ol’ typical verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus-chorus-chorus etc. pattern, poorly written riffs, and pop vocals that just scream “we’re trying to make it big” instead of “we’re trying to create something new”; and to me, well, if you’re not original then you’re not worth my time… and by “original” I don’t mean wearing dark clothes and assymetrical make-up (*cough* did anyone say Manson?), I mean actually doing some research, learning about what’s out there, and trying some new approach to bring something new to this plastic world.
That being said, thanks for reading. I appreciate your time; I get rants like that all the time, but if I didn’t try to hold on to my own opinions, I wouldn’t be a very good angry angry hyperpotamus.
Interesting stuff… although not perfect? Still, I like the idea that the Ninja Turtles still get some attention after all this time.
PS: April O’Neil doesn’t look like that plastic bitch. Bring back a natural light-brown/redheaded woman in her 30s wearing a yellow jumpsuit for fuck’s sake
PPS: If you look for April O’Neil on Google image, there’s lots and lots of porn pictures. Weird. Quite disturbing; what if a kid wants to look up for some pictures of his favourite show and ends up seeing a bunch of vaginas instead?