Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Tony Grands
There’s a video going viral at this very moment of a bus driver punching a young lady while on duty. At some point in the near future, it’ll come across your social media plate.I’m not sure of nor concerned with the back story, but I am saddened by what we, as human beings consider entertainment. I’m guilty of being part of that crowd, although now I’m more filtered & mature, & some things just don’t appeal to me. These types of videos are why people of all ages flock to WorldStarHipHop.com by the hundreds of thousands per day. Imagine if the Obama campaign decided to sprinkle a few presidential clips on WSHH…but that’s neither here nor there.
With all the hoopla surrounding the minute-long video, the fact that the chaos was so readily recorded & posted online within minutes is overlooked. This is the bullshit shit we are using computers for. Not all of us (whoever your us may be), but a helluva lot more than some.
To make a long story a little less long; technology is the devil. & if not Lucifer himself, it’s at least the proverbial “mark of the beast” that the pastor warned us about as kids. Legend has it that the mark is a triple six or a life-sized bar code, but for what it’s worth, nobody knows. It could be hand tattoos. Genital warts. Red hair. Sky’s the limit.
See, people visualize according to personal perception, no? That means that whatever the theoretical storyteller perceives dictates what the storytellee receives. I believe this, & look for the “mark” in a variety of places on a regular basis. Using that nifty logic, I’ve come to the somewhat sketchy, yet highly plausible theory that technology &/or the internet play a
n apocalyptic large part in a grander scheme of things that will inevitably – for mankind in general – end badly. Think about it for a moment.
The video of the girl catching a vicious uppercut is but a scant blip on an immense radar, & with time, will fade. But the trend of video recording violence is leveling off. It’s been done to death, so to speak. How long before the semi-scheduled brawls become surveilled murders & accidentally premeditated homicides, directed & uploaded for the world to see? It’s happened before, but every snowball began with a snowflake. & with rappers promoting violence at such vehement velocity, I predict some very exciting cybertimes coming to urban America’s back porch sooner than later.
For the record, this doesn’t exclude robberies, rapes, kidnaps, etc. Dumb criminals do more than just shoot at other dumb criminals. We can all admit, though, that a liquor store robbery caught on an iPhone wouldn’t be as newsworty as coldhearted murder that snuck it’s way on to Youtube.
Words by Tony Grands