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Thread #21879   Message #234714
Posted By: Lanfranc
27-May-00 - 07:26 AM
Thread Name: Songs of Anxiety about technology
Subject: RE: Songs of Anxiety about technology
How about Billy Ed Wheeler's "Coal Tattoo" or Tom Paxton's "Georgie on the Freeway". There was a parody of "16 Tons" under the title of "16 bits" which is a bit passe in these days of 32 and 64 bits, but I can't offhand think of any folksongs that mention 64 - or does the Beatles "When I'm 64" open up a potential avenue for an Intel song? I'm going to go away and think of songs that could be modified into a late 20th Century Luddite anthem. The trick will be to come up with something that enthuses about the best bits of modern technology (the Internet, mobile communications) while deriding the worst (the Internet, mobile communications, GM crops, "early retirement")