Thursday, May 24, 2012


Our good pal Peromyscus sent us the link to this quite astonishing missive that’s been making the rounds. My first reaction was that it was a piece of wholly spurious but highly creative paranoia, but having now seen a dozen years-worth of 21st century capitalism at work, I could be about ready to believe anything, no matter how heinous and certainly pass it around for all to see. Here’s an excerpt to whet your appetite…

“The subject quickly changed as the speaker went on to tell us that the respective companies we represented had invested in a very profitable industry which could become even more rewarding with our active involvement. He explained that the companies we work for had invested millions into the building of privately owned prisons and that our positions of influence in the music industry would actually impact the profitability of these investments. I remember many of us in the group immediately looking at each other in confusion. At the time, I didn’t know what a private prison was but I wasn't the only one. Sure enough, someone asked what these prisons were and what any of this had to do with us. We were told that these prisons were built by privately owned companies who received funding from the government based on the number of inmates. The more inmates, the more money the government would pay these prisons. It was also made clear to us that since these prisons are privately owned, as they become publicly traded, we’d be able to buy shares. Most of us were taken back by this. Again, a couple of people asked what this had to do with us. At this point, my industry colleague who had first opened the meeting took the floor again and answered our questions. He told us that since our employers had become silent investors in this prison business, it was now in their interest to make sure that these prisons remained filled. Our job would be to help make this happen by marketing music which promotes criminal behavior, rap being the music of choice. He assured us that this would be a great situation for us because rap music was becoming an increasingly profitable market for our companies, and as employee, we’d also be able to buy personal stocks in these prisons. Immediately, silence came over the room. You could have heard a pin drop. I remember looking around to make sure I wasn't dreaming and saw half of the people with dropped jaws. My daze was interrupted when someone shouted, “Is this a f****** joke?” At this point things became chaotic.” (Click here for the rest.)

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stu said...

Entirely plausible & i concur with a lot of the comments of the readers. evil bastards.

JoHnny ~ said...

the secret is not to get caught in the first place..then again ya can't hang out with ya HMP prison shirt ain't kool to be a loser..

Ed Ward said...

I'm usually ready to believe any music-biz conspiracy theory, but this reminds me of the Senator in the '50s who claimed that if it wasn't for payola, rock and roll wouldn't exist because that's the only reason it was on the radio.

So...who was paying the kids to *buy* it?

Same deal here.

stu said...

How long you going to feed them this shit?
Until they get sick of the taste.

JoHnny ~ said...

u can bullshit all the people most of the time..that includes u, me and everyone else who drops by..