When pondering the kinds of playlists I could make to give some embodiment to journalism's importance, I decided to just throw together some Rage Against the Machine songs.
You may see this as an indicator of the internal rage that forever brews within my soul, but to that, I would say — yeah, you’re probably right.
However, I don’t see this as a bad thing. Rather, I think it’s a spirit that all journalists should imbue themselves with in the current climate.
Rage Against the Machine is one of the greatest bands to grace the American music scene (DM me on Twitter if you disagree; I won’t respond). The funny thing is that they’ve earned this claim through a consistent stream of music that some might call “anti-American.”
The band burned an American flag at Woodstock ‘99 while performing one of its classics — “Killing in the Name,” a hard-hitting 1991 tune centered around criticisms of police brutality and institutional white supremacy. Rage has used live shows in the past to lead protests outside the national conventions of both the Republican and Democratic parties, and one of the group’s founders — Tom Morello — has been for decades among the music world’s most outspoken critics of the political establishment.