Monday, September 7, 2009

Chris Chronicle on Cash Crunch has Queen Clip

Media Moment: Debt Trap story on Dateline
Queen Related: Clip of I Want It All

Remember that Circuit City TV spot last year that featured I Want It All as the camera pans across a wall of big screen televisions? The first few seconds of that commercial have made a short and rather subtle appearance in a Chris Hanson’s Debt Trap story for Dateline NBC the other night.

Again, I wonder who at NBC made the call to use that clip. Was it someone who is a Queen fan and wanted to do some shameless Queen promotion under the guise of news? Or did someone merely do research on pop song titles that epitomized greed, stumbled across the Queen tune, and then coincidentally found the Circuit City clip which conveniently provided a nice greedy visual at the same time?

I suppose whoever edited the story could have easily dropped in Money by Pink Floyd or something by the Beatles and the pop culture status quo would have been maintained. But I suspect that there’s a Queen fan parading as a producer or editor over at NBC.

It just goes to show that as the upstart Queen fans from the ’70s and early ’80s, who are now in senior creative and management positions at agencies and studios around the world, are contributing to the mimetic qualities of many Queen songs by incorporating them into other forms of communication.

And if the process repeats itself for another 20 or 30 years, that’s okay by me.


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