In Visual Rhetoric we watched some excerpts from the Bullet in a Bible DVD (youTube it). My reaction is this:
It’s great that Green Day and other politically conscience icons are summoning youth to think about politics and “challenge authority,” but there are other dynamics that deserve consideration.
For instance, what are they really telling our youth? I asked a sixteen year old friend of mine what he thought Green Day was trying to convey in their song American Idiot. He said “that the president sucks.” “And voting?” I asked. His response was, “yeah, maybe. I won’t vote for a republican.”