The first song that pops into my head is ‘Beat It’ by Michael Jackson given that it was used during the Nancy Reagan’s anti-drug campaign (‘Just Say No’), but I want to take another course today and talk about a song about the media.
I consider Depeche Mode the best thing to ever come out of England. They have sung many wonderful songs that can break a heart or heal a soul, but ‘New Dress’ is underrated maybe its because it encourages us to ignore the media given that they’re never focusing on the real news. Whenever something major happens, they dangle a celebrity in front of us to take away our short minded attention. This song also helps realizes that gossip is not okay and the world has BIGGER problems to deal with and we should stop focusing on the mundane issues.
Although it’s a short song, it’s packed with a lot of meaning: powers that be governments and elites not doing enough to stop/help tragedies/injustices; the hypocrisy of our politicians and their promises. This generation is under the wicked sway of celebrity culture and that’s why they find it hard to tear their attention away from distraction.
We’ve come a long way from Princess Di wearing a new dress to Kate wearing Rosemary’s Baby dress. The media says it’s an accident, but I don’t believe that for one tiny second.