Today, I was censored for the first time. / by Simeon Smith

I uploaded to Youtube a music video containing short, repeating loops of an infomercial, passed through a glitcher. This was a visual representation of one of the tracks on my new release.

It was hard on the eyes.

It was purposefully hard on the eyes.

This is because tailored advertising based on our kidnapped personal information is shoved down our retinas at such a pace we become accustomed to seeing shite. The corporations killing our society spend a lot of time and effort making their advertising easy on the eyes. But it shouldn’t be.

Advertising corporate greed should be fucking hard on the eyes.

So I tried to represent that in a two and a half minute music video.

And the music video was removed from YouTube. This was their explanation:

“It’s not okay to post large amounts of untargeted, unwanted, or repetitive content to YouTube.”

And yet Google, their parent company, shoves unwanted, repetitive adverts on every available inch of my computer screen.

Luckily, for me, there’s only one thing better than posting a purposefully glitched and repetitive artwork as a commentary on our broken civilisation, and that is being censored by a multinational for posting a purposefully glitched and repetitive artwork as a commentary on our broken civilisation.

Multinationals own the world, and own the minds of many of us. They censor artists because stylistically they disagree with the content. Which is pretty fucking ironic seeing as I was parodying their own practices.

Hopefully this can generate some thought about how much advertising we are forced to consume.

Please share if this has got you thinking.

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