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Re: Let's Get Creative!
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2016, 05:51:47 pm »
I love this video! Sometimes I just sing that song for fun around the house.

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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2016, 06:36:48 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2016, 06:44:54 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

Watched a theory recently based on all five videos and the guy said it had to do with television brainwashing children. Pretty cool theory.

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Re: Let's Get Creative!
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2016, 06:45:48 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

Speaking of allegories... Paasche, make sure to watch the Greek Eurovision video I posted on Fudgeknuckle. You of all people should quickly understand what it's about.

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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2016, 07:02:54 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

Speaking of allegories... Paasche, make sure to watch the Greek Eurovision video I posted on Fudgeknuckle. You of all people should quickly understand what it's about.
Well, I'm not great with figuring out allegories, metaphors and all that but I'll give it a shot. My interpretation of the video was that it was about trying to create a perfect society, a utopia, while also expressing how hard that process is (the road exploding as the man runs, his pained expression). However, in the end, the hopeful look in his eyes seems to indicate that a better society is possible, which is relevant to present day Greece and the financial crisis, I suppose.

I know I'm bad with this sort of thing, but I hope I didn't make a complete ass of myself here. How'd I do, Neville?

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Re: Let's Get Creative!
« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2016, 07:06:39 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

Watched a theory recently based on all five videos and the guy said it had to do with television brainwashing children. Pretty cool theory.
Never watched the other ones, but that would seem to work as well. They're similar theories, in my mind. Interesting stuff though.

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« Reply #7 on: May 15, 2016, 07:43:34 pm »
What a classic video. A friend told me one time that it was an allegory for the public school system, a theory that holds up well imo.

Speaking of allegories... Paasche, make sure to watch the Greek Eurovision video I posted on Fudgeknuckle. You of all people should quickly understand what it's about.
Well, I'm not great with figuring out allegories, metaphors and all that but I'll give it a shot. My interpretation of the video was that it was about trying to create a perfect society, a utopia, while also expressing how hard that process is (the road exploding as the man runs, his pained expression). However, in the end, the hopeful look in his eyes seems to indicate that a better society is possible, which is relevant to present day Greece and the financial crisis, I suppose.

I know I'm bad with this sort of thing, but I hope I didn't make a complete ass of myself here. How'd I do, Neville?

Well, I haven't found an official interpretation yet, so I could also be wrong. Nevertheless, I think that the finanical crisis is the dominant theme here. Moreover, I would say the entire song is Verhoeven-like satire. It talks about utopia, yet everything is in bleak, barren black-and-white photography. The man is running endlessly; just like how Greece endlessly makes debt payments that are cancelled out by fresh interest on the total sum of it. That is also why landscape is crumbling, and the surrounding mountains even look like sheets of crumpled paper. 

It also shows foreign-looking people at some points who are obviously stand-ins for migrants. Greece's been the main place where people end up landing, and lyrics in Greek also mention them. The entire English lyrics, then, are a sarcastic invitation to migrants: "We're the rise in the rising Sun" is a complete opposite of the declining EU, and Greece as the foremost affected nation. "Dance with us and have some fun" - again, sarcasm about the current state of Greece, and understanding that's what many of them will be stuck with. "Fight with us for Utopian land" is probably the only bit that's even slightly hopeful here.

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Re: Let's Get Creative!
« Reply #8 on: May 15, 2016, 08:06:28 pm »
Last time I opened this thread, it was just Frank's OP and my comment... I open it now and there's talk of financial crises... wtf

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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2016, 06:29:22 pm »
Last time I opened this thread, it was just Frank's OP and my comment... I open it now and there's talk of financial crises... wtf

Well, watch the video, and it'll make sense. I've also found the lyrics today, including translated Greek, and they're certainly quite interesting, in how resigned ("Whatever they do, my generation will endure), and potentially sinister phrases like "paint it red" are put alongside both the English lyrics and innocent Greek ones about pickles and Grandma's fish.

 

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