Marley, as in Bob Marley

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Marley is a documentary chronicling Bob Marley’s life and accomplishments made in 2012.

“The contact spans over the life and musical career of Bob Marley, mainly as seen through the eyes of those who knew him and contributed to the documentary, including Bunny Wailer, Rita Marley, Lee “Scratch” Perry and many others.” (Film Summary)

Bob Marley lived from 1945-1981. He produced his first song at sixteen years old in 1961. This was around the time that the Rastafarian lifestyle was starting to take root in Jamaica. The music originally stemmed from ska music, but the beat was changed and reggae music was created. During the 70’s their was much political unrest in Jamaica. Political violence was on the rise. Throughout the violence, Bob Marley continued to travel back to his homeland to provide memorable and important peace concerts. He famously invited opposing sides on stage to join hands after the violence had ended.

Bob Marley was as much a symbol as his music. He used both his music and his money to people’s worlds. During an interview he was asked if he had made a lot of money through his music. He responded by asking “how much is a lot of money.” He was then asked if he was rich and he said “what do you mean by rich.” The interviewer reworded his question, “do you have a lot of possessions, money in the bank?” Bob Marley responded by telling the interviewer “possessions don’t make you rich, my richness is life.” Where did all the money that he made go then? People used to line up at this door to tell him about their struggles and he would give them his money.

The film is biased in some ways, but fair in others. As far as the views of his love life, it is fair because you get views from his children, wife, girlfriends and himself. In other ways it is very biased. Essentially everyone in the movie partakes in the Rastafarian lifestyle. There is no real view against the lifestyle presented.

I personally choose to look into this topic becuase I find Bob Marley’s life to be interesting but also illusive. When I started watching the movie, my roommate asked me how Bob Marley died and I realized that I didn’t even know. I know so much about his work, I have a tattoo of one his quotes, but when it came down to it, I didn’t know that much about him as a person.

I am very glad that I took the chance to watch this documentary. It is amazing how many things he was good at in life. He truly embodied the title of a role model. Some may argue with this however. A large point of debate in relation to Bob Marley has to do with the Rastafarian support of smoking marijuana. It is not legal in Jamaica, nor was it legal in the United States. Many people were not able to overlook this aspect of his lifestyle to see the amazing things that this man has done with his life. He truly lived by his word, giving everything her had to better the lives of others. He put others safety and the peace of nations above his own safety. He played a show the night after him and members of his group were shot.

 “He believed that you can cure-actually cure hate and raceme, by injecting it with love and music. Two days before Bob Marley was supposed to perform he was shot. Two days later he walked on stage and perfumed. They asked him in an interview why he didn’t rest, and he said “the people that are trying to make the world worse never take a day off, why should I.” (I Am Legend)

If I were to further research Bob Marley and his life I would start with looking more into the Rastafarian religion and lifestyle. While I now know a lot about Bob Marley and how he participated in the lifestyle I do not know that much about the actual religion itself. I would also want to look into the opinions of people who did not support Bob Marley at the time. The movies bias in this aspect makes me curios to look into the other side. While I do not personally see the legitimacy in the argument, it is important to at least acknowledge and understand the other side.

 

The Beatles

No matter what the point they were trying to make, The Beatles always got it across. Whether it be for the social advancement or social regression of their population of followers.

The Beatles always seemed to be ahead of their time, whether it be about yellow submarines or becoming the egg man, they always succeeded in instilling hope in America that there is and will be a better tomorrow. The Beatles did not shy away from approaching the so called touchy subjects of the sixties not limited to but including; the Vietnam war, the rise of black power, the wide acceptance of drug use, fear of communism, the cold war … obviously they had their eggs in more then one basket.

When observing top 10 songs from when The Beatles were popular verse the top ten songs now, a sad conclusion is reached.

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In the year 1968, the top songs consist of politically charged, opinionated, controversial lyrics while the top 10 list from 2012 shows songs about giving people your number. And of course this:

…which in a way in a social commentary itself, but one that for the sake of the current human population I do not want to analyze.

Where have all the great artists like The Beatles gone? It is not as though there are no politically charged debates occurring in current events. Maybe it stems from the ever increasing purposeful ignorance of these problems. People don’t want to hear about problems anymore, they want to listen to fake and overdramatized relationships and love stories.

But as much as I complain, I can’t deny having hundreds of these meaningless songs on my playlists. Well I guess The Beatles were right.

You say you want a revolution,
Well you know,
We all want to change the world.

 

Catfishing

A word that up until 2010 did not exist as a verb.

Catfishing /ˈkatˌfiSH ing/
verb.
The phenomenon of internet predators that fabricate online identities and entire social circles to trick people into emotional/romantic relationships (over a long period of time).
Possible motivations: revenge, loneliness, curiosity, boredom
The term catfishing was inspired by the 2010 documentary “Catfish.”
Who are you? Who do you want to be? Who do you wish you were? The internet provides a limitless world where you can be who you want to be, act how you would like, and live a different life. The allure of creating a new identity is too magnetic for many people. Catfishing is slowly rocking the inter web. With arenas like Facebook, Twitter, and Myspace, that are essentially playgrounds for the socially deprived and blissfully imaginative. These breeding grounds for the socially constructed prompt the Catfishers to make false identities to entreat online relationships spanning from friends to love interests.

This is great news! It is winter after all, far to cold to go outside and interact with real people, and then before you know it, it will be summer and then it will be way to hot out. Plus, why risk getting caught in the rain which might ruin your hair. Your online pictures will always be perfectly photoshopped to your ideal specifications.

No need to worry about implications or consequences for your actions, the act of taking pictures or names of other people and using them as your own identity online is not actually illegal. When the person on the other end of your screen inevitably finds a way to hack into your bank account or finds out where you live so they can rob your house, however, then it becomes illegal. Oh well.

So next time your bored or feeling lonely, don’t worry! Just get online and make a fake profile for someone that people would actually like (no offense). In seconds you will have access to thousands of people, who may or may not be fake as well, and pretend you have a social life!
Happy Catfishing!