Digital Witness - St Vincent


www.last.fmby Simon Cleary 

The Experience: Turn the TV on, it looks just like a window. Reality TV - can we still tell the difference? We live in a world that can't value anything if I can't show it on TV or internet. That's what the title of Digital witnesses means.

Video: St. Vincent sings despite her green and yellow insane asylum. Everyone else moves like a robot, their identity lost, unable to think or act differently. St. Vincent doesn't move (maybe she's trapped or nowhere to go) but she at least stands and sings independent from the robot-world. Even if she can't fight a mad world, she can keep her mind apart from it, turning her back on it (and us) in the last scene. 


The meaning of St. Vincent Digital Witness is the media-world where image is value. As someone caught in the media-world, St. Vincent shouts out "if I can't show it, you can't see me." She has to live either continually in the media - even if by disgusting reality-shows (like the one that forced a girl to jump right off London Bridge) - or fade away, be ignored. 
She turns it around on us, her "Digital witness"es. Is who you are dependent on if you've ever been on TV or not? Maybe the solution is turn the TV on and throw it out the window. 

Ask Yourself: Do I believe who I am is based on how many Likes I get on Facebook or how many people "follow" me? Can I answer St. Vincent's question, "What's the point of doing anything?"


LYRICS:
Get back, to your seat
Get back, mashing teeth
I won't bother your mind

People turn the TV on, it looks just like a window
People turn the TV on, it looks just like a window

Digital witnesses
What's the point of even sleeping? 
If I can't show it, you can't see me
What's the point of doing anything?

This is no time for confessing
I won't bother your mind

People turn the TV on, it looks just like a window
People turn the TV on, it looks just like a window

Digital witnesses
What's the point of even sleeping?
If I can't show it, you can't see me
Watch me jump right off the London Bridge

This is no time for confessing

People turn the TV on and throw it out the window

Get back, to your stare
I can but I don't care

Why?
I want all of your mind
Give me all of your mind
I want all of your mind
Give me all of it

Digital witnesses
What's the point of even sleeping?
If I can't show it, you can't see me
What's the point of doing anything?

What's the point of even sleeping
So I stop sleeping, yeah, I stop sleeping
Won't somebody sum it up to me

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