Friday, May 20, 2011


This is one of my favorite modern day protest songs.
The band that is performing the song, Radiohead, teamed up with an MTV affiliated organization called EXIT (End Exploitation And Traffiking) to make the video for this song.
Obviously the message is clear in the video. This isn't a black and white picket fenced world that we live in without any flaws. There are problems in the world. What can we do to aid the alleviation of them? Protesting is a start.
In this video are some poignant examples of modern day slavery, or as it has been called human trafficking. Trafficking can be in the form of forced labor, sex, etc. The point is that it exists.
For more information on trafficking and statistics visit the following site for a start in your education about this issue:

Some of my favorite lines are during the chorus:
You are all I need
You are all I need
I'm in the middle of your picture
Lying in the reeds

Many companies that exploit their hired labor, or even force people to labor will not get away with it. The workers are, so to say, "Lying in the reeds". Waiting for that moment to tell their story to the world; keeping the 'long memory' alive. These people that are forced to labor or are exploited often make the products that we enjoy on a daily basis--they are in the middle on our picture--they make our picture.

Hope everyone thinks about the music and message.

ps. Here is an article talking about the video and the message behind it:

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