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Stephen Godaire Intro to Cultural Studies January 14, 2008 Terri Hasseler Bob Dylan’s “Masters of War” The lyrical masterpieces of Bob Dylan have been and will always be viewed as some of the most influential pieces ever created. An incredible example of this would be “Masters of War” which Dylan wrote at the amazingly young age of 21 (Wikipedia). Unlike the majority of his work, which contain more ambiguous lyrics, it’s the straightforwardness of this piece, that when contrasted to his other works, that makes it so incredibly powerful. This straightforwardness shows us, the listener, just how serious he feels. To many hearing this song for the first time, they believe it is about our war in Iraq or Vietnam. However, it is about the timeless act of war itself and the military-industrial complex; the governments, billion-dollar companies, and all others in power who sit behind their desks or in their mansions, signing off countless lives as if they were a form of currency with no remorse of doing so (Song Facts). To these, Dylan says, “You play with my world/like it’s your little toy” (see lyrics in Appendix 1). There is a great similarity present between Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Sinead O’Connor’s rendition of “War” at a showing of Saturday Night Live. In this similarity is that of scandal, as discussed by Baudrillard. The scandal found in regards to Dylan’s “Masters of War,” is that, through the government’s tight leash on the forming of our thoughts through the media, we are taught to think that we are fighting for freedom and justice, when, in reality, we are fighting to stretch the pockets of the wealthy of this country. We are mere pawns in the governments chess match for domination, power and wealth. The media distracts the public by placing the blame on other countries and fears of future terror, while masking the true intentions of the government’s unforgivable actions. I agree with Dylan when he says that “Even Jesus would never/forgive what you do” (Appendix 1) In O’Connor’s case the actual scandal was her tearing a picture of the pope in hopes to show disapproval for all the hidden cases of child abuse present in the
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