For most of America, Psy is a funny name, a funny face, and a funny personality. He doesn’t sing in English and most people just don’t get it leaving most of them to not take him seriously. It’s easy to strip the significance behind “Gangnam Style” down if you don’t know what it means and solely find entertainment in the Asian guy shaking his hips. But what most people don’t realize is that Psy doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s a satirist and political dissident. “Gangnam Style” was a commentary, not just a fun pop tune with a silly dance.
Gangnam is Seoul’s wealthiest and flashiest neighborhood. For South Koreans, Gangnam represents the ideal life of excess and consumerism. Psy’s character in the video is a wannabe Gangnamite. He dreams he’s living the flashy, excessive lifestyle while he’s really just like everyone else, swimming in a public pool and riding the subway. But never in the video does it seem that Psy’s character is unhappy. He’s content to play in a children’s playground and meet the girl of his dreams in the subway. “Gangnam Style” is much more that we have made it, but that’s not surprising considering Psy’s background and how little we know about it.
In America, it seems like “Gangnam Style” was Psy’s big break when in fact the song had been released on his sixth studio album and his music career hadn’t been about making flashy and catchy songs. He believes music is the key to overcoming the intolerance embedded in his country’s political systems. Throughout his career, his songs have been banned for inappropriate content and have been surrounded by controversy, not to mention the fact that he fought his mandatory military draft.
Psy is a voice for his people. He’s fighting the oppression and intolerance he sees in his culture through his music. And by ignoring his worth and his value, we’re reducing the culture of South Korea into a short man with funny pants doing a ridiculous dance.
This part made no sense to me whatsoever like that whole boat should have been filled with water
its called a diving bell but you can take a glass an put it in a sink full of water an see why it works
It’s science. the water stops filling at a certain point because the air forms a seal so to speak and as long as you don’t break the seal around the bottom of your glass or rowboat, the water will never move past a point
Goddamn, niggas don’t know what diving bells are?
what yall need to be worrying about is how they could tell where they were goin
“But are all demons evil?” she said. “I mean if all vampires aren’t evil, and all werewolves aren’t evil, maybe-”
Jace turned on her looking exasperated. “It’s not the same thing at all. Vampires, werewolves, even warlocks, they’re part-human. Part of this world, born in it. They belong here. But demons come from other worlds. They’re interdimensional parasites. They come to a world and use it up. They can’t build, just destroy-they can’t make, only use. They drain a place to ashes and when it’s dead, they move on to the next one. It’s life they want-not just your life or mine, but all the life of this world, its rivers and cities, its oceans its everything. And the only thing that stands between them and the destruction of all this“-he pointed outside the window of the carriage, waving his hand as if he meant to indicate everything in the city from the skyscrapers uptown tot he clog of traffic on Houston Street-“is the Nephilim.”
One of my favorite George and Fra conversations. From September 12, 2012. You guys would reference your lines that were cut…