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August 17, 2023
Watch: Viral sensation Oliver Anthony defies media attacks with call for Americans to unite
Viral singer-songwriter Oliver Anthony is taking the time to reflect on the past few weeks with a call for Americans to unite. His breakthrough hit "Rich Men North of Richmond" has over 11 million views on YouTube and keeps climbing. We'll get to Anthony's message in a minute.
Because also climbing are the expected media attacks. You know, too many conservatives are enjoying something so corporate journalismers need to find excuses to dump on it. Only without much of a social media history to dig through (Anthony only joined X last week), they are getting desperate.
A popular attack is that he's not really a grassroots sensation because one guy with a following tweeted about him. You are only an overnight success if a record executive sees you performing in a Park Slope coffee shop and calls all their PR contacts to say nice things about you.
The other is "derpity derp...right-wing talking points." Yes, the concept of inflation is a right-wing talking point now.
The reason Anthony's song resonated with so many people isn't that he repeated stuff we believed back to us. You can collect tweets that do the same and match them with an electronic drum loop. It was the passion he sang with and the power of his voice. Nothing over-produced. A guy with a guitar and a microphone. That's it. If that doesn't move you, you don't have a soul. Or you are a corporate journalismer. But I repeat myself.
Anthony, moved by the love he's been shown in a massive way, asks an important question. When the song is forgotten about, what then? "What are the next steps to make life better for people? What can you do for your neighbor? I'm no Dr. Phil, but I just feel that in this moment in time when so many people are feeling the same frustrations, it would be wonderful to capitalize on that and just use that positive energy to help other people in your life. Maybe people that are different than you. People that you wouldn't normally connect with."
Lol, spoken like a guy who has only been on social media for a week. Maybe that has something to do with it?
It's good for people to go touch grass once and a while. Talk to your neighbors or your kids' friends' parents. Shop local. Support little league. Log off once and a while and spend time talking to people IRL. That's what us oldheads used to refer to as "in real life." All of us live in a community or a neighborhood. Take care of it and take care of the people who live there.
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