Fenrik wrote:So what is the song about really?
Javi wrote:Basically it's a song about how we're all (supposedly) obsessed with social media, sharing everything and taking pics/filming everything instead of (again, supposedly) enjoying what we're actually doing and live. And also about that people that watches/follows other people's lives from their phones/screens instead of going out and living their own life.
Or at least that's why I get from the "living our lives through a lens" opening line.
Which to a stent I agree, but I'm tired of the whole "live the moment instead of filming it" speeches, as if every single person around the world was only able to do one thing at once, so if they're filming or taking pictures it means they're not enjoying and living the experience. You know, some of us can do both things at once.
But considering some fans said not long ago "I loved the no-phones rule at Melanie's gig, I actually enjoyed the show a lot more" then I guess there are indeed a lot of people that won't drop their phones if someone doesn't ask them and/or can't enjoy an experience while they are filming it.
No, it's not.
The song is more about Donald Trump and the US current politics than about social media.
It talks about how we are used to the way things are, that it made us numb and we can not see the trouble in front of us.
"Up in your high place, liars. Time is ticking for the empire. The truth they feed is feeble". That's definitely not a protest against filming the moment instead of living. It's a straightforward protest against the government. And when it says "dance to the distortion, keep it on repeat, stumbling around like a wasted zombie" it's using sarcasm to tell us to stop being oblivious of the problems around us and stop making the same mistakes.
It's not my personal perception of the song; Katy herself has retweeted several messages where people mention the political issues the song talks about. The video does have some social media messages, the selfies and the likes, but it also reinforces the strongest political meaning by depicting the immigrants being sent back home to the other side of the wall (The one Trump promised to build), and the nuclear bombs, regarding Trump threats agains the Midwest, among other political stuff.
And, for the Brits performance she used two skeletons dressed up exactly as Trump and Theresa May the day they walked hand in hand. So the message is pretty clear.