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Album: Rage Against The MachineReleased: 1992Charted:
This song is about how TV and the media brainwashes people. RATM vocalist Zach de la Rocha said at an early show: "This is a song that I wrote about the blanket of media that's been thrown above our heads and can't enable us to f--king act on situations like this because we don't have the information to do so. This song is about being an individual, about searching and finding new information and using your strength as an individual to attack systems like America who continue to rob and rape and murder people in the name of freedom."
The band recorded this before ever playing it live.
The message of this song: Don't blindly accept your gang, your religion, or even your nation. The people who walk complacently through life accepting all that is put in front of them, might as well have bullets in their heads. Television is a weapon used to pacify those who watch it into the living dead. Until people take control of their lives, they are mindless components of the entire machine.