Top 10 Memes of 2010: We'd Live In Peace If We Never Saw These Again … "F**king Magnets, how do they work?" and ICP's 'Miracles' … There has been some speculation that the Insane Clown Posse's 'Miracles' music video is actually a brilliant marketing ploy, designed to troll the Web on a massive scale. … But have you seen these guys? They're just not that bright. We think that Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J sincerely believe that everything around them is a miracle bestowed on us by a higher power. That's fine for the religiously inclined, but it seems a little strange when talking strictly about the wonders of "long-necked giraffes" and "f**king shooting stars." And worse still, after dropping a bone-headed nugget of an inquiry like "f**king magnets — how do they work?", they proceed to accuse scientists of lying about the explanation. The video and song inspired dozens of parodies, including one on Saturday Night Live, as well as many mini-memes and mash-ups, thanks to its endlessly quotable lyrics. Even at the peak of their popularity, ICP was a niche act, but now the Detroit-based "rappers" are a legitimate cultural phenomenon — even if this isn't exactly the way they envisioned it happening, regardless of what they claim in interviews. – Switched.com
Dominant Social Theme: The most foolish and violent of all rap bands, nothing like the top ones. Also they're white, which is wrong. The mainstream media, ever watchful, is on the job!
Free-Market Analysis: We've been meaning to write about this for several months, and now is probably our last chance (from an in-the-news perspective) because the "Magnet/Miracle" meme was named on several end-of-year top-ten lists as one that most compilers hoped would disappear forever with the end of 2010. This was a meme itself, in our view.
The mainstream American media – which lies for a living – had finally found an incident that definitively proved its superiority. The media, in aggregate, was a good smarter than two high-school-dropout rapper-artists that perform like minstrels-of-old in face paint. To us, it's a variant of the old bait-and-switch. By pursuing such obvious stories (even if wrong-headedly) the media reaffirms its bonafides. It appears tough and truthful. (In fact, it is merely confirming that it is supercilious and shallow to those who follow such things.)
Sure, the US mainstream media doesn't report the truth about Afghanistan, or about inflation or even mention the power-elite itself, or its endless depredations. But let two white rappers ask, "How do magnets work?" and there is resounding fuss that goes on for months: articles, parodies, opinion pieces, TV interviews. You would think ICP had committed some sort of terrible crime rather than write and sing a fairly spiritual song about the wonders of nature.
Disclaimer: This is a somewhat personal issue for us. Several of our elves are now Juggalos (or Juggalettes). (They sit at our fabulously large conference table with their headsets and their pointy ears, bobbing away to "Miracles.") According to Wikipedia, "Juggalo or Juggalette [the latter being feminine] is a name given to fans of Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records hip hop group. Juggalos have developed their own idioms, slang, and characteristics."
The song and video can be found easily on Youtube. Here are some of the song's lyrics:
I've seen miracles in every way
And I see miracles everyday …
Long neck giraffes, and pet cats and dogs
And I've seen eighty-five thousand people
All in one room, together as equals
Pure magic is the birth of my kids
I've seen s–t that'll shock your eyelids …
Music is a lot like love, it's all a feeling
And it fills the room, from the floor to the ceiling
I see miracles all around me
Stop and look around, it's all astounding
Water, fire, air and dirt
F–king magnets, how do they work?
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherf–kers lying, and getting me pissed
Solar eclipse, and vicious weather
Fifteen thousand Juggalos together …
The song was a kind of coming out for the two impresarios of ICP. As the article excerpted above explains, "Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J sincerely believe that everything around them is a miracle bestowed on us by a higher power." The two rap stars have stated as much, suggesting that after a decade of writing songs about gratuitous violence, they wanted to make a statement about religious beliefs they have held for nearly as long but always repressed.
We think that is an admirable sentiment. It was a quite courageous departure for Insane Clown Posse to write and feature a song about nature's miracles and God's creations. But did they get any credit for it? Noooooooo. They got slammed mercilessly. This is in part because Insane Clown Posse is seen as a kind of low-brow rap group versus say Eminem who is seen as an "intellectual" rapper. Yet from what we can tell, Eminem borrowed his initial lyrical attack from Insane Clown Posse.
Yes, he was apparently a fan of theirs before he himself broke through. There was a falling out when he apparently announced they were coming to a birthday party of his before asking them. ICP took umbrage. The schism was as vicious a one as that which grew up between Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald – though it didn't end up in a boxing ring. The two parties have supposedly made up since them.
Anyway, the mainstream media has never taken a similarly conciliatory tone. The ICP's success is resented. Why should this be? Two high school dropouts from Detroit have created an entertainment empire that reportedly grosses US$10 million a year. They are one of the most successful showbiz duos in the US. They have recently released a movie (self produced!). They work hard. They tour incessantly. They even have their own festival:
The Gathering of the Juggalos is an annual event for the Juggalo Family put on by Psychopathic Records first staged in July 2000. Described … as a "Juggalo Woodstock", the Gathering of the Juggalos spans four days, and includes concerts, wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions, and seminars with artists. [One] gathering featured Kottonmouth Kings, Project Born, and Vampiro, who both wrestled and performed. [Another] featured the same activities as the first Gathering of the Juggalos, as well as guests such as Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Tech N9ne, Vanilla Ice, and Three 6 Mafia. (-Wikipedia)
They have created their own "psychopathic" version of Disneyland. They have done so without a record contract, without any kind of organized promotion except what they themselves have generated. It is a true American success story, even if one allows for the gratuitously violent nature of their oeuvre. (And this of course is the source of their success: their ability to express in violent images and lyrics the adolescent angst of impoverished American youth.) Yet there is plenty of faux-violence in American culture. Grade B terror movies are full of it. Even top movies may lurch from one gory scene to the next. But ICP is fair game; they are hammered.
And then there is the science. There are dozens of Youtube videos (and even more articles) slamming ICP in aggregate for not knowing how magnets work. BUT NOBODY KNOWS HOW MAGNETS WORK. Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J are entirely correct. Magnetism is a miracle. OK, magnetic properties arise from the spinning motion of electrons via positive and negative charges. But that's like explaining sex is two bodies rubbing together. Again, it is merely a description. Where does the "charge" come from? Where do electrons come from? Why is gravity a weak force? Why does it exist? Yes, what science provides us is a DESCRIPTION not an explanation. Finally, there is this:
And I don't wanna talk to a scientist
Y'all motherf–kers lying, and getting me pissed
We don't blame ICP for this sentiment. From our point of view in the early 21st century, science has been hopelessly corrupted by the promotional needs of the power elite. Almost every part of science today is Big Science – funded for the express purpose of creating fear-based dominant social themes such as global warming that in turn encourage the globalist priorities of the Anglosphere.
What Big Science participants are not lying about, it seems they are filching. Much of the "hypotheses" featuring the gravitational universe are apparently hijacked directly from Hindu scriptures. Government and the power elite dominate Western science. The paperwork is endless. Today, Newton would not be sitting under an apple tree. He would be stuck indoors writing grant applications. The apple would have fallen on an empty space; physics would not have been invented for another generation, or several, if at all.
The mainstream media ignores such issues. Attention is to be focused not on the West's failing economies, impending bankruptcy, or even its endless serial wars and the depleted-uranium irradiation of Iraq and Afghanistan – but on the (incorrectly perceived) educational lacuna of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J. The media thus reasserts its authority without actually having to perform its function.