SITE NOTES: “Other Voices” Category

FedRev is always looking for new, interesting ways to add a variety of content in order to bring you insight into culture through analysis of¬†mass media entertainment. So, we’ve recently added the “Other Voices” category, under which articles from other authors and publications will be reprinted.

The first piece reprinted under this new category was analysis of Kanye West’s new song “New Slaves” by Carl Dix and Sunsara Taylor, and as more articles of significance come to the attention of FedRev in the future, they too will appear here.

Please note that the reprinting of someone else’s article doesn’t necessarily imply 100% endorsement of every word, or that FedRev necessarily supports the political worldview of the writer in its entirety. The objective here is to bring to light perspectives that provide valuable insight into entertainment culture even if there are some points of disagreement with the author, and when these points of disagreement are significant enough they will be appropriately noted.

Thank you, and please enjoy the “Other Voices” category going forward!

Site Note: Song of the Day Title Change

For those of you unfamiliar with FedRev, in the past I’ve posted songs under the title Song of the Day. It’s a relatively common title that is used on social media by people who post music on a regular basis, and so without thinking much about it I used it, too. But I’ve never really been satisfied with it.

For one thing, I’m not always able to post a song every single day, and also, it’s pretty generic and boring. From now on, FedRev’s Song of the Day will be known as Soundtrack of the Revolution. Songs will be posted on Twitter @Fed_Rev with the hashtag #SoundtrackOfTheRevolution.

This change is significant in a few ways. First of all, it won’t look like I’m neglecting the site if I go a few days without posting a song of the day. And much more importantly, it gives a greater purpose and context to the music that’s posted.

Now, that doesn’t mean that every song I post will be overtly political in nature. There is plenty of room for art that isn’t political. However, I do want my audience to seek a deeper understanding of the art that’s around them and to begin to see how it’s all connected to a wider struggle.

In regard to politics and art, Bob Avakian, the chairman of the Revolutionary Communist party,¬†said, “When I say revolutionary art I don’t only mean art that overtly and directly popularizes the need for revolution, I think art that does that and does it well, that is really art, is very important. But revolutionary art is certainly not limited to that. There are other forms of art that criticize the system, which dissect and expose certain of its more outrageous features and crimes, which call people to question the established order–all these kinds of things, on many different levels and different forms, can certainly make an important contribution to building a revolutionary movement.”

So, without further ado, please enjoy the Soundtrack of the Revolution!