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Rebecca Black’s “Friday”: A Libertarian Allegory

April 6, 2011 by

The astonishing popularity of Rebecca Black’s "Friday" video — which became the YouTube meme of all memes in the course of a wild six weeks — has mystified many critics.

Was it shared and watched so wildly because it was so bad? Certainly the overwhelming judgement on the part of viewers is that it is atrocious — and yet it is hard to know what that means since 85 million people not only watched the video but also downloaded the song, bought the ring tone, and devoured every available bit of news about the singer and the song.

Using the principle of "demonstrated preference," this music video ranks as the most popular in human history.

FULL ARTICLE by Jeffrey A. Tucker

{ 71 comments }

Rob April 6, 2011 at 9:29 am

Bet the planners will use this as a demonstration of why people are not fit to choose for themselves. They arrogantly despise those that make their own decisions.

Servius April 6, 2011 at 9:57 am

I’m pretty sure she didn’t put that much thought into the song. It is an inoffensive song, however, and for that alone it is to be celebrated.

It does high-lite the banality of life we’ve locked our kids into at that age. Her only thought is which seat to sit in and how to party that weekend.

John James April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am
Horst Muhlmann April 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

From the article you linked to:

Miley Cyrus told an Australian newspaper, “It should be harder to be an artist,”

with absolutely no sense of irony whatsoever.

pitter April 6, 2011 at 9:13 pm

i agree shes terrible as well

Horst Muhlmann April 6, 2011 at 12:47 pm

From the article you linked to:

“while Miley Cyrus told an Australian newspaper, ‘It should be harder to be an artist,’”

With no sense of irony, I’m sure.

Colin Phillips April 6, 2011 at 10:09 am

Good analysis. Here’s another analysis, which is a bit darker. http://www.neoseeker.com/forums/18/t1629965-in-depth-analysis-of-rebecca-blacks-friday/
Click the “Show Spoiler” button.

El Tonno April 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

Great stuff.

In semiotic analysis, you have the liberty to make stuff up…

Vitor April 6, 2011 at 10:10 am

There is actually one good thing about this video, the calendar from the beginning recomends a quite good Frusciante’s song on Wednesday, the Wednesday’s Song.

tonggo November 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Is there good for only wednesday ?

Stephan Kinsella April 6, 2011 at 10:12 am

Fantastic post. I was thinking some of the same things. Parts are very catchy and creative. It’s wholesome. It’s simple in celebrating how people like their freedom and freinds and weekends and celebrating life. The part about “yesterday was Thursday” “tomorrow is Saturday” at first seems stupid but you are right–she is going with her theme of how kids look forward to the weekend, and that it’s sad even at the beginning on Friday b/c you know that by Sunday it will end and you are back to the grind and the school prison system. People are way too cynical about this.

And the fact that this video was done for only $4k is just astounding. We live in an age of miracles.

Matt J. April 6, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Totally agree with that Stephen. I laughed at the song for the first few minutes and then I realized how much I like what it is and what it represents in the market. It’s still funny to me which is a form of entertainment, even if unintended. Generally though, I like it for what it is and think Rebecca Black seems like a nice girl who doesn’t deserve mockery. People can laugh at Ark Music Factory if they want to but they’re competing against a pathetically failing music industry by providing a niche market that didn’t take too long to garner overwhelming international attention (and sales).

Jeremy April 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

Wow, I’ve thought some Mises articles were pretty dumb before, but this deep analysis of Friday really takes the cake. There’s no deep thought to “Friday” whatsoever; it’s a piece of trash music specifically created by a producer who runs around telling teens/parents “hey I can make your kid a star, just sign this check first”, and then makes the cheapest/worst possible songs (and when the kid fails to become a star, *shrug* oh well the producers still have their check). You don’t know about their previous creations because they were all terrible, just like “Friday”, but not quite terrible enough to catch the Internet’s attention.

Now, can terrible stuff be so bad it’s good? Sure. Is this a good indication that the market works? Quite the opposite: if someone were to try and make a business model out of making another Rachel Black, they would fail miserably (as evidenced by the producer’s previous works). In fact, it’s a real tragedy that Rachel has obtained “success”, as the producer will now use his “proof of talent” to defraud more glory-seeking teens/parents.

As for all the deep thinking about the video, … you’re a moron. For one thing, you identify these kids as being “of junior-high age”, but there isn’t a state in this nation that let’s middle schoolers driver (unless they’ve been held back many grades, or unless you’re talking about driving tractors). Second …

“And where is she headed? To catch the official, tax-funded school bus, which, though it is not shown, we know is painted yellow today just as it has been from time immemorial since there is never realy progress or change in the state-run system.”
Yes, because the color yellow, which has caught the human eye since time immemorial, and as such is used to help prevent children from being hit by passing motorists, is somehow indicative of the failure of a state run education system. And “realy” has two L’s (you must have gone to private school). Moron.

“It might as first seem like a trivial choice: whether to sit in the front seat or the back seat.”
My god. I’m a Literature major, so I’ve written and read some analyses of the written word which … stretch things a bit. This isn’t even in the same ballpark. It IS a trivial choice; the producers made up the most generic/crappy lyrics they possibly could because their business model didn’t depend on the success of those lyrics, so there was no incentive to write lyrics with actual meaning. There is absolutely nothing to read into this song whatsoever.

Now, I’m not saying everything on this site is this crappy; quite the contrary, if they were I wouldn’t still read the RSS feed. Many of them have very cogent insights, and at the very least reveal different ways of thinking about issues. But this article … well all I can say is that you sir, Mr. Tucker, you are the Rachel Black of deep thinking.

AnnaChristoff April 6, 2011 at 10:39 am

I completely agree with this view of Jeremy’s.

An over-the-top analyses of a piece of dumb pop-music, much like Mr. Tucker’s breathless defense of the evil Facebook–which is imprisoning more kids than any tax-funded school….

Jeremy, you said it all….

Sprachethiklich April 6, 2011 at 10:44 am

Just wow. This. ^^

Oh, wait, and this: “Parts are very catchy and creative. It’s wholesome.”

How embarrassing for you to have possibly the shittiest taste in music conceivable. Wholesome? Erm. Bread is wholesome; music should be, you know, musical. This is the single dumbest thread this site has ever seen without question. The song sucked. It became popular because–wait for it–it sucked. Problem is so does everyone’s taste in music, including everyone who has actually been brave (see: euphemism) enough to share theirs in this thread so far.

Demonstrated preference? If your grasp of how that can manifest itself is somewhere beyond 6th grade, this isn’t complicated.

El Tonno April 6, 2011 at 11:06 am

“And “realy” has two L’s (you must have gone to private school). Moron.”

Don’t throw with stones when sitting in a glasshouse, man.

Downsize DC April 6, 2011 at 11:57 am

“much like Mr. Tucker’s breathless defense of the evil Facebook–which is imprisoning more kids than any tax-funded school”

Right. Because parents are threatened with jail time if their kids don’t sign up for Facebook.

Hack April 6, 2011 at 12:42 pm

You have to look at the context! Jeffrey’s point was that “school” is actually the imprisonment of children (to keep them out of the workforce, etc.) When they sing about escaping “school” they’re actually singing about escaping a prison, whether they realize it or not! The prison state is so completely taken for granted by the writers of this piece of music that they don’t even know it’s what they’re writing about.
It would be like slaves singing about escaping, while taking it for granted that they are slaves and not imagining any other system. It only happens in the context of slavery, so they’re really singing about slavery, not just escaping.

Matt J. April 6, 2011 at 3:14 pm

Jeremy, I don’t think the point is whether you like the song or think it’s good. Even if it’s a crappy pop song, it was done and marketed more efficiently than the usual crappy pop songs from the big music industry and found an audience (even if an unintentional one) while generating revenue. Besides, no economy would survive making only the things that you or I like (h/t Mr. Tucker).

The producers didn’t promise Black or her family they would make her a big star. In interviews with Black on national television and local papers (she’s from here in Orange County, CA), they were actually told by Ark Music Factory not to expect stardom. Ark also gave them a voluntary option of holding rights to the song (which Ark wrote) which the family accepted and is now reaping the profits.

This article is humorous and it riffs off of observations about public schooling. I don’t think it’s seriously proclaiming that the song is a self-conscious masterpiece written with the intention of making social commentary.

Kashyap April 6, 2011 at 11:49 pm

“Quite the opposite: if someone were to try and make a business model out of making another Rachel Black, they would fail miserably (as evidenced by the producer’s previous works). In fact, it’s a real tragedy that Rachel has obtained “success”, as the producer will now use his “proof of talent” to defraud more glory-seeking teens/parents.”

Isn’t that how the entire creative industry works? Guess what, it works!

AtlasRises April 9, 2011 at 10:21 am

Jeremy, I fully agree with your comment.

Black’s song is not about “the underlying celebration of liberation,” nor are its fans connecting with that non-existent sentiment. The song, if anything, represents the meaningless fleeting interests of a bored teenager. People are fascinated with the song in much the same way that they are captivated by the self-induced embarrassment of other talentless “stars” like William Hung or the trainwreck of Charlie Sheen. People don’t like the video because it is good or because it represents value; they are drawn to it as they are drawn to watching grotesque car accidents. Many people are strangely nihilistic, responding not to value but to its mockery and destruction.

My assertion that “Friday” neither appeals to nor intends to appeal to a celebration of life and liberty is supported by the fact that other art which is explicitly anti-tyranny and pro-freedom– intentionally addressing the issues that Tucker projects onto “Friday”– is not particularly popular. If our culture were responding to the noble idea of freedom from school, “The Schoolboy” poem by William Black would be a greatest hit made into 100 different remixes. Unlike Blake, who wants to be out of school to pursue values, Black seems to treats the rest of her life like she treats school: just another boring, undirected, uninteresting “blah.” Even many rap songs, like NWA’s “F*** tha Police,” or much of Tupac’s work, would be better examples of pro-freedom lyrics than is “Friday.” That more well-reasoned and artistic anti-school, self-celebrating songs and poems do not show the viral popularity of “Friday” indicates that it is not those values to which people are responding.

If I were to proceed with the far-fetched notion that Black’s “Friday” has any larger philosophical implications, it would not be that she longs for Friday so that she can escape the tyrannical school. Rather than wanting freedom from government intrusion, it’s more like she and her fans want freedom from the responsibility of carving out productive and worthwhile lives.

AtlasRises April 9, 2011 at 10:23 am

* sorry – William *BLAKE*

Deb April 12, 2011 at 11:24 pm

I prefer your analysis, Jeremy, to Jeffrey’s. I think it went viral because of the singer’s natural beauty, at only age 13! I don’t know much about music analysis, but I would guess that there is something hypnotic about the design of the song. I at age 63 can’t stand it. For me it’s monotonous, and of course the words are sophomoric, on the face of it. I have to wonder if it has a subliminal message because it is so repetitive. The really big point about the song is how pop culture demands something “bright and shiny and exciting” every day. Think about how often a music video goes viral these days. Quite often. Scary stuff.

Andrew Stergiou April 13, 2011 at 12:24 pm

Jeremy you made a great response to this idiotic article (classification system label) which I unfortunately did not have the pleasure to read until I wrote myself on it. I will partially concede the Mises libertarian view where I stated that “THE MISES INSTITUTE which would be better off being run by well behaved 5 year olds in pre-school.”

You are 100% correct about the music business model related questions that has been proved time and time again with all the one hit wonders, and nepotist produced recording deals. Kids like the young lady in questions would get bounced and bumped around and has to go through a heck of a lot before she could assume commend of any sort of a future where often man talented people never achieve success nor are never recognized for what they do (my fav example VAN GOGH).

Oh on a musical level the song was ok (please give the kid a break screw the producer)
but with the mount of gizmos computer software etc available it is amazing that the musical industry and these charlatan producers often don’t even come close to the likes of Woody Guthrie, Beethoven Bach and Sunny Aide.

Christina April 13, 2011 at 8:13 pm

You could not have said it better Jeremy! Bravo!

Hugh O'Brien April 6, 2011 at 10:26 am

I enjoyed the article, somewhat more than I enjoyed the video.

Briggs Armstrong April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am

Jimmy Fallon and Stephen Colbert did a great parody for charity:

John James April 6, 2011 at 10:51 am

The author actually already made a post about that on this very blog two days ago.

John James April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am

The point, rather, is that the plight, the hopes, and the dreams that are reflected in this video, however inadvertently, tap into a sensibility and a longing of a generation for a certain kind of freedom from a system that has ensnared them against their will. This might be the driving force of its popularity — and precisely why something that people claim not to like is evidently so loved.

I honestly doubt that. I don’t even think that’s a subconscious case. I’m gonna go with “It’s catchy and lame. And therefore funny and addictive.”

I think shadenfreude is a much more realistic culprit…people enjoy being able to point to someone else and laugh at their being so unintentionally ridiculous. The fact that the video was a completely serious attempt at a legitimate music video and was not at all meant to be humorous is what makes it so intriguing. As much as I like the idea of everyone being unconsciously drawn to the song because of it’s liberation undertones, I really don’t think the subconscious of the millions of people who made this song popular is that deep.

Or maybe I’m just too pessimistic.

J. Murray April 6, 2011 at 3:21 pm

This I agree with. Popularity is a strange beast. There isn’t anything meaningful behind the goofy Caramelldansen sped up song to a ridiculous dance routine by CG anime girls, Star Wars Kid, the Numa Numa guy, or the Techno Viking, yet they’ve all enjoyed insane levels of popularity. People just like the unusual.

CJM April 6, 2011 at 11:28 am

The analysis of song lyrics, current events, and other topics often says more about the analyst than the original topic. That’s the case here. Jeff Tucker sees the promotion of libertarianism in a song dismissed by many here as worthless. When we hum the Friday tune we can have liberty on our minds or we can chastise ourselves (and others apparently) for being drawn to garbage. When I walk into the music critics’ pub I’ll not only sit at Jeff Tucker’s end of the bar but I’ll buy him a round. Why? Because unlike those who have only hate for Friday, Jeff Tucker and I, we so excited.

Hack April 6, 2011 at 12:45 pm

The state is so pervasive that it’s hard to sing about anything without it being distorted by the state in one way or another.

Oklahoma Libertarian April 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Hahaha @ CJM; the ending of your comment was fucking classic.

Seattle April 6, 2011 at 11:53 am

I’m quite disappointed in this. You might as well write about how libertarianism is expressed in rock formations.

Kashyap April 6, 2011 at 11:52 pm

I’d be interested in reading that! The mind loves patterns; so give it harmless patterns which reinforce your logically deduced understanding of things.

Robert April 6, 2011 at 12:37 pm

So this is the one that I’ve seen referred to elsewhere in a way that implies everyone knows about it? It’s not bad, just pedestrian and formulaic. It looks like the music videos of 30 yrs. ago, made very well to a formula that was parodied then and hasn’t gotten any fresher since, but never wears out any further either. The music, including voice, is too good, sounding auto-tuned and very conservative, and the mouthing is hilariously good and unrealistic and highly produced. It’s obviously self-consciously so, as when the guy emerges from the car behind the young lady to join in 2 syllables of mouthing — but that’s the sort of thing they always did, so it shouldn’t count as high camp.

The Fringe Economist April 6, 2011 at 12:41 pm

If I’ve lived as long as Jeffery Tucker as a Libertarian, will I also end up seeing Libertarian philosophy in teenage pop songs?

Corey Helfand April 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

Yes. This is a natural part of the Libertarian life style. Do not be alarmed.

CJM April 6, 2011 at 12:59 pm

There is an overlooked layer to this song. Sure, Friday is the name of one of the days of the week, but it’s also the name of Robinson Crusoe’s trading partner. Ms. Black is celebrating free trade and the wealth generating principle of comparative advantage with her song “Friday.”

“I got this, you got this” (identifying items for barter)

“my friend is by my right” (the friend, Friday, recognizes and supports Crusoe’s right to the fruits of his labor and freedom to dispose of his property in trade)

“I got this, you got this” (post-trade, establishing new ownership of the traded items)

“Now you know it” (the benefit of comparative advantage has been established, in other words, “here endeth the lesson”)

Jeffrey Tucker April 6, 2011 at 1:10 pm

CJM, now that’s funny!

David C April 6, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I listen to music alot, and am rather picky. This is the first time I saw the video, so I thought for sure I would hate it, but I absolutely love it. I think people are just jealous, and it is so open and honest that it makes them feel insecure vulnerable about the simple feelings and thoughts they already have. It’s no more staged than any other similar Disney video I can think of. That a girl that age can just pull that kind of teamwork and creativity out of her hat, without a mega dollar production to back her up, is just amazing. I love it.

Jonathan M. F. Catalán April 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

I think people are just jealous

No, as music the song really sucks. As comedy, it’s alright.

Iain April 6, 2011 at 1:57 pm

I wonder what people think about pink floyd’s the wall is about.

Anti-IP Libertarian April 6, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Meh

It is like every other kiddie video out there: Those kids are shown as successful adults (the convertible and so on).

The text itself is nothing special.

John April 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun. Today is Friday; yesterday was Thursday; tomorrow is Saturday, and the day after is Sunday. Fun, fun, fun, fun, fun.

Anti-IP Libertarian April 6, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Oh my, regarding the IP proponents someone has to have a copyright on that… a copyright to the information that Fridays are following after Thursday and are followed by Saturdays.

Thoraldo April 6, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Tom Woods for Editorial Vice-President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute!!!

Bart April 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm

You guys need to give Mr. Tucker a break. He’s using the song to make a very interesting point. No, the people who made the song and video weren’t thinking most of these things, but they were tapping into a meme regarding young people’s attitudes and views which Tucker so eloquently explains.

Steve D April 6, 2011 at 7:47 pm

It’s not often you find so many kinds of anti-intellectualism rolled up in one place. “Twelve year sentence.” What’s the alternative? Free range? And when they reach working age with no skills, then what? Well, then they can work for minimum wage, which some libertarians argue should be zero. Or maybe we provide them with individualized, personally rewarding education. But not with my tax dollars, you don’t. No, let the parents pay for it. If they can afford it. Or home school them, those parents that are actually literate and motivated enough to do it.

If the experience is banal, it’s because the kids are banal. Those who find some rewards in school grow up to be non-banal.

iawai April 6, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hi Steve.

The alternative is whatever you want it to be. Home schooling, community schooling, apprenticeships, or just good, old fashioned labor. Free Range children that can experience life, that learn the real lessons of needing to produce and to restrain from violence to be successful would be a vast improvement over the forced curriculum of mediocrity, banality, brutality, and uniformity.

And “no minimum wage” is different than “$0 minimum wage”. The point that libertarians make is that poor people, those in desperate need of a job, would rather there be an accessible opportunity to make $2 per hour than no opportunity to make $10 per hour. Money is not free, and you cannot tell an employer to “just pay more”. Labor is a scarce factor of production, and as such must be bid upon. If you tell someone that they cannot bid less than $10 for someone’s labor, then those that cannot provide the value worth $10 to the employer will be left out in the cold. Why do you favor poor people being unemployed?

An the experience (of public schools) cannot blame its banality on students. Students are, more or less, a tabula rasa when they enter school. They are intrigued by the world around them and want to learn. But they get told that they must sit still and draw letters for two hours, then they can practice adding two digits a hundred times. Later they can draw or cut construction paper. Never do the children determine the curriculum. Never do the kids interested in only dinosaurs get to spend all day learning about types of dinosaurs, when they lived, how we know such things, how they died, and how to be successful in some area related to this interest.

Those kids that do find the repetitive, factory-mindset, federally mandated, sterile, and mediocre curriculum rewarding grow up to be mal-adjusted nerds that can hardly ever find a real job, have psychological problems from 12 years of peer abuse, and either teach in the system or seek to run the system.

If you think the system is great, I won’t stop you from supporting it. Won’t you grant me the same liberty to support a system that I find attractive, and stop stealing from me to support yours?

Daniel Hewitt April 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Thanks Jeff, I was just starting to get this song out of my head after hearing it for the first time in your post a few days ago (yes my life is pretty sheltered from pop culture).

Not since this song have I been so intrigued by the question of whether the artist was joking or not.

David K. Meller April 6, 2011 at 9:47 pm

Maybe I’m “old-fashioned”, but give me Pink Floyd’s Just Another Brick in the Wall, from I believe, 1977, for an anti-authoritarian, anti-school, and pro-liberty rock hit. Also the Rolling Stone’s 1965 hit, Can’t get no Satisfaction–critical of the pre-packaged thought common in advertising, more than the “Publik Skoolz”, –was another wonderful paen to independence and liberty! The Beatles “(You say you want a) Revolution” from 1968, well, it was four decades too soon, wasn’t it?

The dream continues…

PEACE AND FREEDOM!!
David K. Meller

The Wobbly Guy April 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Wrong analogy. This song by R. Black represents socialism. Many people prefer it even if they know how much it sucks. They vote for it, support it, and it all falls apart when the system has been cannibalized enough.

I’m not saying some higher authority should rein these people in. We just need to be prepared for the consequences.

A society geared towards hedonistic, or worse, proclivities is doomed to failure against knowledge-seeking, outward looking societies. Values have consequences. If hell is a destination, free markets will provide the fastest route there. Ditto for the stars.

In which category would we place the US?

Dave Albin April 6, 2011 at 11:13 pm

I don’t know if someone said it or not, but the true miracle here is that anyone now can create something, put it on the internet, and let it rocket off to the moon (only if everyone else likes it, too). This is revolutionary…….. The people are truly in charge here.

I don’t know if Mr. Tucker’s analysis of the lyrics is correct, but still interesting…..

Nate April 7, 2011 at 12:47 am

Stephen Kinsella’s post is basically where I’m at. This song was me, circa 1988 (in high school, not old enough — by law — to get anything besides a summer job, the money from which I still had a good portion of), and I guarantee you, I would have loved this song, even as I see it as mindless nonesense now. But actually, how many of us still live our lives with essentially this same mentality? I love my job — absolutely LOVE it — and I still look forward to Friday. I don’t party quite as hard as I used to — but believe me, I still know how to throw back a few — but I enjoy the weekend as much as anyone else does. Loving your job makes the weekend even more enjoyable, because you don’t dread going back to work on Monday morning. I may be among the lucky few, but my job makes my life far more interesting, challenging, and rewarding than it would be otherwise, and it truly makes weekends a time to let go and enjoy a week’s worth of productivity. I’m 38 years old, so this isn’t some new-found freedom from my parents. Back to your original critique of the song — it’s about as good or bad as anyting I’ve ever heard on the radio. It’s just another song. It’s no Mark Knopfler, but it’s no “Mony Mony,” either — now there’s a worthless song.

Of course, it just shows that the wonderful world of cheap technology continues to satisfy every niche of every whim of every flash-in-the-pan momentary fleet of fancy that people might latch onto. It’s harmless, and as you’re so fond of pointing out, it multiplies our options to the Nth degree. Love it or hate it — the option is yours — but celebrate the fact that it’s possible. And I’m sure you do.

Nate April 7, 2011 at 1:24 am

Yeah, I commented before I read the whole article. Sorry for mischaracterizing your critique of the song. I still mean everything I said, just that now I don’t mean it in any opposition to what I thought you were saying. Your analysis is likely far deeper than anyone — including the songwriter and performer — ever intended, and even as you allude to, you probably uncovered their true motives even if they didn’t realize it themselves.

Israel Curtis April 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm

such rabid popularity spawns the inevitable mashup:

CJM April 8, 2011 at 2:28 am

Ouch. I think our marginal comedy product just took a serious hit. We may be at the end of this meme

Jonny H. April 8, 2011 at 2:00 am

This comment thread is hilarious, and the people who get upset and take themselves seriously as critics of music who disapprove of others’ bad taste is a perfect example of the kind of pushiness that Tucker usually rails against. They all came out of the woodwork on this one and it may set some kind of record for most comments about nothing. It’s not that important people. It’s a fricking YouTube video and a silly song. If you don’t like it, don’t watch it.

Alpheus April 8, 2011 at 10:47 am

I saw the video once, after reading this analysis and the comments, just to see what it was like. I hate the video–it grates on my nerves in ways I won’t go into here–but I don’t begrudge anyone who likes it. Perhaps its one redeeming grace is that it produced this entertaining article!

Well, there’s a second redeeming grace: that it entertains those people who find it entertaining!

kwgrier April 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

As I tell my kids: stop complaining and GET BACK TO WORK! Everyone has to work if they want to live. Some people’s work is school, until it’s time to actually get a job and start earning a living. At least they’re not making shoes or weaving carpets in a country without child labor laws.

Now back to work in the prison of my large multinational corporate work environment…

James April 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Good to see that all the negative attention Rebecca has been getting has backfired on the hundreds of thousands of cyber-bullies out there. If you share this view please take a moment to join the campaign ‘Defend Rebecca Black’ on Facebook. Whether you like her music or not, nobody deserves to be bullied!

Ray Hummel April 12, 2011 at 10:52 pm

The song is brilliant as is the video. Ever been to a poker game and while someone is pulling a massive pile of winnings and there is some hodad on sidelines fussing and fuming about how illogically the winning hand was played? Never argue with a winner. It has 99 million hits on Youtube not because it is bland in a Garth Brooks lowest common denominator kind of way, but it is catchy as can be. Go to youtube and search “steve allen gene vincent.” You squares, are Steve Allen. And don’t forget, the bird is the word.

Thrasymachus April 13, 2011 at 1:50 am

Great. A piece of bubblegum pop so bad that it’s like a parody of music has now spawned a piece of conservative hackwork so bad that it’s like a parody of *writing*. If this goes on, “Friday” could take down our whole civilization.

Planet Moron April 13, 2011 at 7:50 am

I never really noticed it before but I believe the instruction manual for my Blu-Ray player is in fact a Randian parable. The illusion of choice is bestowed by the hegemony of the manufacturer: Composite? Component? HDMI? But it is only later as you ponder your options that you realize that limited choice is no choice at all, a point hammered home with the fast-forward and rewind buttons that allow you to move about the narrative at your whim, and yet deny you the freedom to shape it.

And don’t get me started on the Objectivist nature of my Target receipt.

Andrew Stergiou April 13, 2011 at 12:07 pm

Technology and wealthy capitalists are certainly the empowered entitled lot of Mozart brats on the battle field of ideas where thirteen years old Nazi Youth could when properly armed with fully loaded weapons purchased on the libertarian laissez-faire world market place burst in on the Ceaușescu/MIses Institute:

What am I poetically attempting to say in this anti-libertarian example of political prose?

Every one in an uncontrolled environment has the potential to excel the issue is not libertarian but one of social focus and direction encapsulated within the many paradoxes of human social existence, where there are many child soldiers in Africa and in ghetto drug gangs and no hope for a future for many.

This example of a video display by a 13 young fairly attractive white semi-privileged member of on of America’s brainless suburbs exemplifies NOTHING as a most challenging feat would be for her to be black from a remote African rural village without access to technology money social support etc.the fact that Mises Institute has attempted to opportunistically use the video in question rhetorically is obscene as they as well the social demographics of Suburban California with their youthful 13-16 drivers ed students cars bought by mummy and daddy.

I once worked with someone who wanted to con people into believing he was an artist musician but who suggested he could the telephone book into a song for lyrics but that is not art, neither was he an artist in that his most notable criterion for determining what he thought was art was the number of copies a song sold.

A TRULY BOGUS DUDE REGARDLESS OF WHO HIS FRIENDS WERE!
TRULY BOGUS AS IS THE MISES INSTITUTE which could be better off run by well behaved 5 year olds in pre-school.

Matt April 14, 2011 at 3:18 am

Nice article! This is by far the funniest April Fools Joke I’ve seen this year!

John James April 21, 2011 at 7:20 am

It’s like the freak show. It gets attention because it’s rare and intriguing. People aren’t necessarily demonstrating a preference for women to have beards or humans to look like elephant men. It’s just interesting to look at because it’s not something you see everyday. Just like a train wreck. That doesn’t mean people would actually prefer to have a world filled with hairy women, deadly accidents, or terrible singers featured in ridiculous music videos.

I don’t get why this is so hard to understand.

Laura Laird April 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

Wow! No disrespect intended but this may be one of the stupidest and most irrational things I have EVER read!!

First off, why in the world would you attempt to so “deeply” delve into the “intention” and the “hidden meanings” of this video when you know nothing about the person who wrote/sang it?? All the hidden meanings you point out is something you see or want to see because apparently you personally have a problem with the “state run” schools.

Second, school may seem like a prison and I’m sure it does to most students but the “rules” are the same whether it is a public or private school! Even in private schools, you still have to show up at a set time, stay in class until the bell rings, study in order to get passing grades and follow the set rules. As a matter of fact, some private schools have stricter rules than the public ones! School can be tedious and I’ll venture to say any student, private or public looks forward to the weekend after a week of study and rules! Besides, a prison is a punishment for wrong doing!! Are you saying that school is a “punishment”? There no “human choice” once you’re in school! There is a “choice” whether to attend private or public school, which school to choose, etc., but one you chose there are guidelines that EVERYONE, in public or private institutions has to follow. Otherwise, if everyone could pick and choose what time they show up, whether they stay in class or not, what subjects the want to study, etc., there would be anarchy and chaos and no one would learn anything! While I am not a fan of anything government run and I am a Christian and lean towards the right wing, I have to say this kind of drivel is insane! Of course she looks forward to the weekend!! Who doesn’t?? Don’t you? Everyone that works, goes to school, has responsibilities looks forward to the time when they can relax, sit back and enjoy a little respite from the grind stone. Unfortunately for most of us that’s life!

And thirdly, must you and everyone else like you always look for hidden meanings and writings between the lines? Here’s a way to look at it: THIS IS JUST A NORMAL TEENAGE GIRL WHO THOUGHT UP A SONG AND PUT IT ON YOU TUBE!!! That’s it! No cries for someone to liberate her from the “prison” that is her school, no evil tendencies, no devil worshiping or whatever it is that those people who sent her death threats think she is doing! Just a girl singing a song! End of story! What is most disturbing to me in all this is how seemingly mature grownups like you are picking apart and dissecting this simple thing that is a song sang by a teenage girl on you tube which is, I might add, something that millions of people do these days simply because you tube is such a great outlet to showcase whatever talent you may have!

Here’s good advice for you and all those like you: LIGHTEN UP! Not everything has a deep interpretation and a hidden message or meaning. Somethings are just what they are!

Andrew Stergiou April 23, 2011 at 12:26 pm

Welcome to the demise of the American Republican and Empire, on a downward spiral into the last vestiges of organized mediocrity and ignorance libertarians do as you please the dark ages are upon you and your freedoms are limited withing the historic context of the enlightenment that has perversely been transformed into your cancerous malignancy.

Vanmind April 23, 2011 at 2:34 pm

Simpliste drivel — and the video’s not too great either.

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