Documentary: Gasland

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The connection between music and politics has been seen in many cultures. Although music influences political movements and rituals, it is not clear how or even if, general audiences relate music on a political level. Time has shown how music can be used in anti-establishment or protest themes, including anti-war songs, although pro-establishment ideas are also used, for example in national anthems, patriotic songs, and political campaigns. Many of these types of songs could be described as topical songs. In a film I recently watched called Gasland shows music as politics. In this essay will show the connection between the two terms. What exactly is Gasland about? Gasland is a documentary film directed by Josh Fox. The film leaks the dangers accompanying methane gas drilling of the Marcellus Shale. As well talks about the largest domestic natural gas drilling boom in history has swept across the United States. What is uncovered is truly shocking, water that can be lit on fire right out of the sink, chronically ill residents of drilling areas from disparate locations in the US all with the same mysterious symptoms, huge pools of toxic waste that kill cattle and vegetation well blowouts and huge gas explosions consistently covered up by state and federal regulatory agencies. Although music influences political movements and rituals, it is not clear how or even if, general audiences relate music on a political level. Time has shown how music can be used in anti-establishment or protest themes, including anti-war songs, although pro-establishment ideas are also used, for example in national anthems, patriotic songs, and political campaigns. Many of these types of songs could be described as topical songs. While political message in their music is apparent, it is usually in the political context of the time it was made. This makes understanding the historical events and

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