Thursday, April 24, 2008

A-Changin' Times

I love Bob Dylan. I don't listen to him nearly enough. When he was 21 years old, he wrote "The Times They Are A-Changin' " in response to building turmoil regarding the Civil Rights movement and the US and its growing role in Vietnam.

The media is supposedly much more open and savvy and critical than it was back in 1962. However, really the mainstream media is simply fulfilling its role of keeping everyone calm during a growing economic crisis (what's rising gas prices compared to the food riots in Haiti and around the world?) and keeping us thinking about cosas muy importante like the Latest News from CNN.COM:
So anyway, I offer up a couple of stanzas from Dylan's "The Times They Are A-Changin' " even though it may actually just be business as usual.

from "The Times They Are A-Changin' "

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

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