We have certainly had various inputs on this. I'll share mine
First time I watched it I wasn't really 'watching,' I only heard it which means: the music + Chris Hedges' words narrated by someone else. The message in itself then was clear enough, he doesn't endorse violence but civil disobedience as a last resort in what he has usually defined as a world taken over by a corporate coup d'etat. He also endorses movements like Occupy Wall Street, however for now I won't focus on what he proposes as an individual, but how the video got shaped and formed to lead to a particular conclusion.
Later on I watched the actual video with all the flashing images and quotes along with the music, I realized how the narration was being emphasized by the nature of the chaotic treatment of the images and the sounds, which I found cool coming from the perspective of myself as a personality being prone to liking that type of industrial-repetitive-fast-glitchy type of visuals and noises, which is then something I've been used to liking having a background of watching music videos for various years in my life where these effects and treatments are regularly used. The use of 'Invert' might be a way to evade copyright claims, which I also found useful and 'clever' for the sake of copyright protection. This is my experience which I was later on able to compare/ place into perspective when reading others' perspectives about it.
As I explained in the vlog OBEY - a Review
, one has to be very aware of the Message, the words and not being 'taken for a ride' by the mix of words, sounds, images where many people commented on being annoyed, irritated or disturbed by the sounds and images. I first categorized it as a cool 'experimental video' however when reading other's perspectives, I realized that the video in its entirety could be deliberately instigating a reaction within the viewer to be absolutely driven to or comply to the final resolution 'REBEL,' which is quite clearly placed as a last inquiry on the video itself. Here is to clarify that such conclusion/ resolution is the Video Maker/Producer's perspective, it is no longer Hedges words leaving such conclusion in place.
It does align in a way with what Desteni has presented over the years and what Bernard has explained numerous times as well, however the gigantic difference is that in the Desteni Material, there is no call for revolution or rebellion at all, if any it is to stand up to the system within Self Responsibility which is what we see is the way to ensure that any form of change and transition takes all parts into consideration, since 'Rebellion' implies war and separation as I've written out in the following blogs as well, which are related to power structures, monetary system and how rebellion that stands as another source for wars, separation and hatred than any solution in fact:
311. You Want ‘All The Power’?
312. Are Rebellion and War the Same?
314. How does Rebelling support Corporations?
I do agree with promoting the video as a way to 'Wake Up!' however every time it is shared or recommended,I suggest letting the person/people know that there are actual solutions to be implemented other than rebelling/ retaliating or resorting to civil disobedience, which would only make of our current 'living' situation far worse.
So, we present the solutions, the video serves as a way to inform, educate and illustrate what we often take for granted, but let's keep in mind that there are definitive interests behind this type of propaganda, which is not linked to Hedges himself, but how words can be stirred and directed and pumped up with audiovisuals in order to create an Experience in the mind of the viewer, and that's where one has to be cautious about as a viewer.
I definitely enjoyed it, but obviously don't agree with everything said as a certain future, it will only be so if we accept and allow it.
Thanks for opening up the discussion and feedback, Thomas