This is just a single shining example of how information can be regurgitated, twisted, printed, reprinted and fed to a nation.
To make the point clear this is not a pro or anti cannabis debate, but the debate itself is the launch pad for this post.
We all know that newspapers are the not the most democratic or the least biased in their articles and I guess this claim might very be true. I am no expert. I haven’t studied the topic and I am definitely no scientist. Despite there being potential positive and negative effects of smoking weed, why can safely assume that the claim,’one cannabis joint is as bad as smoking 20 cigarettes,’ is bollocks?
The answer? This tabloid claim was based a statement by the British Lung Foundation.
“It is difficult to ascertain whether or not the inhalation of cannabis causes damage to the lungs and airways independently of the tobacco smoke or not.” This is a far cry from ” a joint a day is as bad as 20 cigarettes”
These guys could and have sold out arenas and big gig venues, but their new tour defies an agenda based on maximising profit. It’s got locals in mind.
Their upcoming UK tour over May and June 2012 will see them play small venues who don’t usually get the chance to experience bands with this much success.
In an interview broadcast on BBC Radio 6 the band likened each tour date as a mini festival, seeing it as a celebration of a particular place. This is then furthered by joining other bands to play smaller gigs (could maybe be considered more jam sessions) at local pub’s etc.
To find out the details, dates and venues check out their website and this link.
If your looking for an answer to this question, I will tell you now. I do not know for sure but I can offer an opinion. We would know the answer if we could figure out an even deeper routed philosophical question. Is there such a thing as a selfless act?
I’m not even going to bother with ins and outs of that specific question. Bringing it back to question in the title, the answer is NO. Art is not all me, me, me. Though many artists would have you believe otherwise.
An artists work (an embodiment of their ideas) are in my opinion, a balance between the internal (self, ego, interpretation, opinion etc) and the external (everything else in the world that influences us). This balance may vary dramatically.
Social and political art is by nature, swaying towards the external. Of course there will always be the influence of the internal and critics will often use this to undermine social, political or protest art (as well as other criticism), but what is prevalent is that not all art is me, me, me. There are people out there making art on the basis that they want to help influence mindsets or make a comment that goes beyond exploring ‘me’, some existential question or art in itself.
Now I want to make, encourage and spread social, political, ‘external’ art (and media) and maybe the subconscious part of me knows that it’s because I want to feel good in myself at some level, but I know I do so because I feel the world needs to see an alternative side other than being presented everyday. Though this could be argued against purely on number of ‘I’s in the previous sentence. Or even more so, based on the fact that I linked my own blog when mentioning the Boyle family.
What I do know is I will continue to show/make etc work based on the influence of others on me and then hopefully me on others so that in the end people can make their own, democratic decisions. And that sentence include a few “me’s” and “I’s” but I will still argue that it is not all me, me, me. Make up your own mind and come to your own conclusions.
In doing so you might to browse some social or political art.
I’ve never been too great at the old bit mathematics but I would argue that it says a lot about the online community when the UK’s ‘page for politics’ only has abooouut 15% (?) more followers than Robin Hood Tax.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s an excellent thing that people are tuning into the workings of the nation but considering Downing Street was willing to look into stripping London rioters of their benefits with only 100,000 people backing it, why are campaigns like The Robin Hood Tax going virtually unnoticed?
Either way, keep up the good work in taking notice and being aware. Let’s translate Facebook ‘likes’ into votes.