There is no agony like heartbreak.
This truth is the basis for the most effective and most subversive piece of government propaganda I have ever seen.
I am referring, as inconceivable as it may seem, to a Katy Perry music video. It’s titled Part of Me. The video has been watched over 313 million times on Youtube alone. The TV broadcast stats are likely just as staggering.
The song itself is a power pop track with a driving chorus. It’s a breakup anthem about turning the pain of relationship betrayal into perseverance and inner strength.
But the song’s incarnation as a music video is a cold-blooded masterwork of emotional manipulation. The video transmogrifies the song into military propaganda par excellence. We witness a sweet and vulnerable young woman find personal salvation by transforming into a professional killer. Continue reading