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Don't Tread On Me is nigh unforgivable. You can't go from a song based on Johnny Got His Gun to run of the mill patriotic platitudes and remain credible. To secure peace is to prepare for war? No thanks. To present both sides of the coin is admitting you are fine either way, and if so, why write songs about something you don't actually care about? Because it's a safe and commercial choice.

I've only engaged with Metallica by proxy and osmosis (because I personally can't stand them) but if I were a fan and cared about Justice's message and then that song came out, I would could see myself becoming a hater of this album for that alone. And I'm glad they brought it up.

BUT, the more I dig in, I'm coming around to the argument that they have always been head empty flakes and Don't Tread on Me was just the proof. According to this Rolling Stone article from 1991, they basically said Lars and James would watch CNN and go "ooh that's a political issue, let's write a song" for Justice. That doesn't exactly inspire a lot of confidence in their approach to politics.

And then there's this whole bit that spells it out:

Critics who praised Hetfield for his unflinching psychological portrayal of the horribly maimed war veteran in “One” have turned around and nailed him for the alleged feel-good Yankee patriotism and crass post-gulf-war flag-waving of “Don’t Tread on Me.”

The band has been baffled by the reaction. “We got people calling us jingoistic – that was definitely a word we had to look up,” Hammett says, laughing. Hetfield actually wrote the song in August 1990, before the invasion of Kuwait, and the flag at issue is not the Stars and Stripes but the coiled-snake banner with the legend DON’T TREAD ON ME carried by Culpeper’s Minutemen of Virginia during the revolutionary war. A replica of the flag was hung in the studios for the length of the Metallica sessions, and the snake itself appears on the album cover.

Frankly, if Hetfield is guilty of anything, it’s woefully bad timing and a muddied point of view. He contends that “Don’t Tread on Me” is really a reaction to what he now feels was the overzealous anti-American tone of Justice.

These dorks hoisting the don't tread on me flag in the studio during The Black Album and being baffled at the negative connotation is maybe who these guys have always been. Or maybe the riches really did just warp their brains in the all-too-expected way.

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JTT star of the show no question.

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Ah the Limp Bizkit Conundrum. If you aren't dunking on Limp Bizkit anymore, is it really Limp Bizkit? I wonder then if the attempt at being "in on the bit" is them actively reviving that key component of the act. Limp Bizkit needs to "suck" to be Limp Bizkit.

Some bands are good and some bands need to be brash and corny and hated by parents and loved by doofy teens. The Woodstock '99 phenomenon was an entire music industry machine being built around that dynamic, which makes you look back and go "woof, is that really what we were into back then."

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Hell yeah this fuckin' rules.

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Um, excuse me, that voice acting is good actually.

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Pro-tip: Don't in fact go to Hawaii! The native peoples of Hawaii have long been calling for a halting of the tourist industry but it reached a breaking point after COVID. The one-way traffic of tourists in has put a huge strain on everything but especially the healthcare infrastructure. Not to mention the long-flights that rack up quite the carbon cost.

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I'm really appreciating the lessons that are becoming apparent across the arc of the show. Namely that virality is not neutral and something we should increasingly ask whether we want at all (because social media empires are built to serve that for profit, or monopoly or both). Asking how virality serves both the platforms and the subjects should be included more as a part of media and internet literacy. In the case of couch guy it should have been obvious that the stakes were so low and the risks so high that even if the internet was "right," it's beside the point and only upends some ordinary young people's lives for little benefit.

I also wonder how much our growing alienation since the industrial revolution has made it easier to disregard the human life behind the internet. We've been increasingly atomized in our relationships to neighbors, communities, and our fellow workers and capital has taken on this almost primal status over and above humans themselves. I can't imagine these forces having no influence on the culture of the internet.

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Oh god I started listening to this album and I just can't. Sting why? Why are you like this?! Why is any of this...this?!