The Tower of Silence - Zoroastrian tradition says that the bodies of the deceased are contaminated and unclean because of demons. Because of this, Zoroastrians built pits - men were placed on the outside ring, women in the center ring, and children in the inner ring. The bodies would then be destroyed by the sun and birds. The rain would then wash the remains into the pit where they eventually flow out into the ocean. Pictured above are the remains of a tower of silence in Iran.
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking,
People hearing without listening,
People writing songs that voices never share
And no one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.
Something very disturbing may be afoot. It looks like writers are being silenced in a move that is more in keeping with Hitlers Nazi Germany than the modern day western world. I don’t mind telling you that I am feeling somewhat paranoid.
Regular readers will be aware that in my paid writing I write about popular culture for a US based news aggregation service. Over the past few months I have become engrossed with goings-on with pop group One Direction.
It’s fair to say that everyone knows that the music business is incredibly manipulative with the “middle-men” taking a huge cut of bands earnings. It is also established fact that without publicity bands have less than zero chance of making it big. For bands like One Direction image is all important. Without the publicity machine bands drop off the radar as quickly as they arrived.
Across the globe billions is paid to PR companies to promote music. When, like one Direction you develop into a £1 billion brand nothing must be allowed to damage the image that has been carefully cultivated.
Over the years we have seen all manner of stunts from bands and their PR teams to keep the name in the papers. Through the years we have seen closeted gay stars forced deeper into their closets. We have seen stars marry and even have children to maintain a straight image.
As most people will no doubt be aware it has long been tumored that one Direction stars Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson are a couple. Styles has never denied the rumors but fans suspect that Tomlinson and Styles have been forced to conceal their sexuality and have been fed a seemingly never ending stream of “fake” girlfriends to help maintain a squeaky clean and “straight” image.
Many One Direction fans also feel that the band have been badly let down by their management team. From Simon Cowell to Modest management to HJPR fans feel that a web of deceit has been spun to take advantage of One Directions fans.
My own writing has discussed these issues on numerous occasions but two articles I wrote last Saturday give a strong insight into goings-on that are at the very least shady. There has even been strong evidence to suggest that louis Tomlinson’s baby is not real.
Over the past few weeks I have been talking to another couple of writers who have written articles about some of the same issues I have been discussing. Aaron Butterfield recently wrote a fantastic article outlining some of the issues for Breathe Heavy. Aaron’s second piece has had to be delayed as a result of some skullduggery around his employers.
Another writer, who goes by the non-de-plume Sex At Oxbridge was writing an article on Buzzfeed earlier today when she was kicked off the site mid-article and was unable to log in again. All of her articles about One Direction have since been deleted.
I fully accept that I may just be being paranoid but I really do wonder if these two writers have been nobbled by One Direction’s management through their employers. After all if Simon Cowell comes along with a bunch of lawyers and wielding his cheque book like a deadly weapon people tend to listen.
Music and writing are often about opinions. Everyone is entitled to them. The big outlets have all the resources to shout down the little guy with their access to the major news outlets. One thing I do know is that cover-ups and misinformation is something that we face in every facet of our lives on a daily basis. The only defence is for those involved in the media in whatever way to be allowed to speak out and expose wrongdoing when it comes to life. Censorship has no place in a democratic society but I truly believe that these writers are being censored for one reason or another.
Censorship exists for one reason and one reason alone. To cover up things powerful people do not want the general populace to know. I now wait with baited breathe so see if attempts will be made to censor my own writing. As I sit writing this one part of me says that I am deluded, that I am seeing something that isn’t there, but am I? Time will tell.
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