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Big Orange Michael has a post today that reminded me of a rant I’ve been meaning to have. Since I’m having a krep day, I figured now is as good a time as any.

According to an article in this morning’s Wall Street Journal, TV networks are courting bloggers for some much-needed publicity for their shows.

My first, big question is–why in the world isn’t there a message in my in-box from one of the myriad of networks? I will totally and completely sell-out to you if you’ll send me screeners of things or swag…So, any shows that want to reach out to me (esp. Lost, Battlestar Galactica, 24) and have me shill for you…drop me a line!

And here we have the problem with Viral Marketing versus Opinion. To me the true value of having a blog is in having a platform where your opinions and experiences can be accessed by anyone with a search tool. Viral Marketing compromises the worth of a blogger’s opinion. In my opinion.

My first real brush with Viral Marketing came from the Relive the Magic DVD folks. One day, seemingly out of nowhere, I started seeing Disney World bloggers and podcasters just raving about these wonderful DVDs. Just imagine! For only $250 you too could have the entire Walt Disney World universe on DVD, to revisit whenever you like. Now, these were bloggers, reviewers and podcasters I trusted. I trusted them because I’d been reading them and listening to their shows for years. So, as a combined birthday/anniversary present we bought a set last year. And they were awful. Come to find out, nearly everyone who recommended them did so because they received up to a FIFTY PERCENT CUT of all sales which came from their readers. In short, they were paid more than as much as $100 a pop to recommend a terrible product, so they did it.

I no longer listen to one of those podcasters and have stopped going to most of those blogs for that exact reason. They blew their trust with me.

::Ooops. I hit enter, then the phone rang. Bloggus Interruptus. Back to the tale::

So anyway, I think it’s great when bloggers’ opinions are taken seriously by the media. And I think it’s great that if you’re really a fan of something and blog well about it that the Powers That Be will occasionally send you a t-shirt or DVD out of gratitude. But it’s dangerous to rave about something that isn’t good just because you’re paid for it. I’ve had more than one occasion where I really liked something and wrote a raving blog review about it–only to find that later I didn’t care for it as time went on. My new policy is try something for an extended period of time before praising it here. If it’s a restaurant I’ll eat there more than once. If it’s a show, I’ll watch it more than once. If it’s a book I’ll only praise it once I make it to the end. Some writers just can’t sustain. (Lincoln Child, I’m lookin’ at you, kid.)

In the past I’ve learned that people take blog opinions very seriously. So I’m trying to be more serious about what opinions I put out here. And they are not for sale.

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I’ve gotten a lot of folks coming here for the information on the actual song featured in the show.

All of the details are available here, at the song-arranger’s site.

The portion of the show with the full song can be seen & heard here.

According to Bear McCreary, they will be releasing a Galactica soundtrack album in August to coincide with the Direct-to-DVD movie. That soundtrack will feature their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along The Watchtower’.

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Do I have a tag for “complete nerd-out”?  No, I don’t think so.   Regardless, this is it.  I’m gonna slice up the lyrics to the Bob Dylan song*** and analyse them against the Battlestar Galactica story.   Why?  Because it’s Monday.  That’s why.

There must be some way out of here

It’s the search for Earth and the hope that Earth implies.  The “here” is most probably the constant and tiring vacuum of space.

said the Joker to the Thief

I believe that The Joker is the human faction, and The Thief is the Cylon faction.   I’m still betting on the fact that The 4/5ths are not Cylons per se, but a unification force.

There’s too much confusion

Isn’t everyone confused?  The last two seasons have built a muddle where bad and good meld into a mess.

I can’t get no relief

Well, clearly that’s obvious.  Both fleets are on an exhausting space journey that seems to have no end.

Businessmen, they drink my wine

Wine is a universal symbol for the spirit of life–ask anyone who’s taken communion.   This line talks about how the day-to-day struggle saps the spirit of the humans.   (After all, it is the Human Faction who is speaking here, in the guise of The Joker.)

plowmen dig my earth

Again the Joker (Human faction) is complaining about the feeling of rape at the hands of everyman.   Earlier in the episode Lee Adama said the Humans had become a gang.   This is more expression of that.

None of them along the line know what any of it is worth

Clearly the rag-tag fleet of humans is still mired in the pettiness of everyday life and are not entirely grasping the larger concepts of life and freedom.   That was obvious in the trial and at the way the gallery was so easily led.

“No reason to get excited” the Thief, he kindly spoke

Now we’re to the Cylon portion of the song, assuming that The Thief is the Cylon faction–which I believe he is.  The Cylons have already been shown to be the monotheistic and more faith-based culture of the two.   This line is typical of the Cylons trying to impart their god on the humans.  (Think Leoben and Six)

“There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke”

Look! Brother Cavill has his own line of the song!  Of course this could apply to many in the human fleet as well.

But you and I, we’ve been through that and this is not our fate

Once again, the song can be taken to prove out my theory of the 4/5ths being unifiers.   They’ve been through the vacillations of the joke of life and are pursuing a higher truth.

So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late

The two factions have been chasing around the vastness of space for awhile.   The time has come to get serious about going to Earth.   The hour IS getting late as they run out of fuel, patience and the dream of civilisation.

All along the watchtower, princes kept the view while all the women came and went, barefoot servants too.

There are some (princes) on earth who are waiting for the approaching fleets.  The women and servants are the generations who have lived and died during the 13th colony’s vigil.

Outside in the distance, a wildcat did growl

The war between the Cylons and humans that set this whole thing in motion.

Two riders were approaching

The Humans and Cylons are at last approaching earth

The wind began to howl

Winds of change are blowing, man.   The answer is blowing in that wind.

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So there you have it.

***I’m so tired of reading various blogs and articles that call AATW a Hendrix song, a U2 Song, a Dave Matthews song.   There was even one joker who referred to it as a Dave Matthews cover of a Hendrix song.    AAACK!!!!

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