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Thursday, June 13, 2013

"Cage of Freedom" – Postcard

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This week's Three Muses challenge was "Birds."

This piece was inspired by the song Cage of Freedom by Jon Anderson, the movie Giorgio Moroder Presents Metropolis, and George Orwell's book 1984, which is alluded to in the song.

I normally don't put anything personal on my blog, but the revelation that the United States Government is now an NSA surveillance state and that my Fourth Amendment right has been rescinded, in the name of "National Security," is appalling and Unconstitutional.

"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."

And they aren't simply collecting metadata. They are RECORDING our phone calls! This was stated on two different news programs by former FBI agent Tim Clemente.

The digital stamps in this piece are from an Internet search.

The fonts are:
Times New Yorker

The words to the song are below, and the song can be heard on YouTube here.

Cage of freedom
That's our prison
Where the jailer and captive combine
Cage of freedom
Cast in power
All the trappings of our own design

Blind ambition
Steals our reason
We're soon behind those invisible bars
On the inside
Looking outside
To make it safer we double the guard

Cage of freedom
There's no escaping
We fabricated a world of our own....

Cage of freedom, growing smaller
'Til every wall now touches the skin
Cage of freedom, filled with treason
Changing sides as the losses begin
Our suspicion tries escaping
But they step up the security
There's no exit--there's no entrance
Remember how we swallowed the key?

Cage of freedom, that's our prison
We fabricated this world on our own....

Big brother
Is there a bigger one watching you
Or is there one smaller
Who I should be watching too
Infinite circles of
Snakes eating their own tails
For every one chasing
Another is on the trail
Is that a friend
Can you tell, is he on your side?
'Cause I spy with my little eye
Yet another spy... (fadeout)


Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Wonderful postcard, love how you combined the elements, also the black and white look is very impressive.
Hugs Anja

abby j said...

You're a gal after my the political commentary. I always hesitate...beautifully said and done, Anne!!

indybev said...

A very evocative and thoughtful piece, Anne. Thanks for sharing.

johanna said...

bravo!! i can totally relate to these thoughts, you couldn´t have said it better! and i think it´s important to express those things in our art, too! (which is btw great, as always)

sheila 77 said...

What an expressive piece, Anne, very thought-provoking.

Lynne said...

Bravo on both the image and the sentiments. Your depth of feeling shines through.

Deann said...

Great job Anne say it like it is with lovely artwork!