Madonna and the Guerrillas

by Gordon Mohr

For her latest album's cover, Madonna strikes a pose reminiscent of Alberto Korda's famous photo of Che Guevara, the Marxist revolutionary who wrote a book on guerrilla warfare that's still in print.



Madonna's team has embraced unconventional tactics to thwart internet sharing of the new album's tracks before its official release -- such as flooding sharing networks with phony tracks which feature Madonna cursing at downloaders: "What the f*** do you think you're doing?"



The internet's indigenous info-guerrillas have responded by remixing Madonna's tantrum to a techno beat:


Via HTTP from DigitalCutupLounge:
Digital_Cutup_Lounge_vs_Madonna-What_The_Fuck.mp3



Magnet & metadata options:



Digital_Cutup_Lounge_vs_Madonna-What_The_Fuck.mp3

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Further, Undercover Media of Australia reports that Madonna.com was hijacked to provide free MP3 downloads of all the album's tracks over the weekend.



As of this writing, madonna.com is unresponsive -- and there's no telling if this "hack" was an actual pro-sharing guerrilla raid or a publicity-stunt PsyOp from the Madonna regime.




Does the Material Girl stand a chance of curtailing music-sharing in the Immaterial World of slippery bits?


3 Comments

gojomo
2003-04-21 10:34:58
More remixes & news...
...at


http://www.irixx.org/madonna/

anonymous2
2003-04-21 14:27:49
Nothing more
than thieves.
mentata
2003-04-22 07:53:09
Something less
than artists.