…part one of the four part series.
As the title of this series of articles suggests, the question will be posed: is Metallica’s video “One” an entertainment video or an anti-war video? This attempt to go beyond a common understanding of a music video, in order to apperceive the video properly and concretely, will entail two descriptions of the video by different “commentators” (part two), an analysis of the implications and assumptions that follow from these descriptions (part three), and the logical conclusions of these implications and assumptions (part four).
Why are two different notions of the video “One” contrasted?:
Two notions are enough to illustrate the “lesson” of the article. If there is more than one notion of what the video is then it should be obvious that there is more at work within every person than a simple looking and seeing with the eyes, as if we all received the same thing from viewing it.
What stands out to the viewer? What is made recognizable and memorable? Answers to these questions are unique to every person. For people who view the video, these articles are written in an attempt to bring self-awareness to their unique understanding of what they have just viewed. What the video is is dependent on each of our unique ways of enjoying the video as well as the many prejudices that are brought with us and which precondition our enjoyment.
As an opportunity to reflect upon one’s own prejudices this is a good exercise for bay area fans of metal music. Specifically, it is the hope of the author of these articles that the readers’/viewers’ prejudices with regard to music itself will be put into question.
In part, this Metallica video was chosen because of the band’s early history in the bay area, but mostly because of the multiple interpretations and reactions that people have expressed. What is your interpretation? What is the video for you?
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