9. “TV Talkin’ Song”
Bob Dylan (1990)
Naturally, Dylan had something to say about the dangers of TV. But the song is not written as a direct screed; the speaker hears a man in Hyde Park lecturing people about the evils of TV. Citing the story about Elvis Presley, the angry man says, “Sometimes you gotta do like Elvis did and shoot the damn thing out.” The crowd riots and grabs the incendiary guy — an incident that the speaker watches that night on the news. The ironic flourish at the end is a reminder of the all-consuming power of TV; it co-opts even its most vocal adversaries.
Pictured: Bob Dylan performed in Jackson, Miss., May 17, 2003.