The Rock Concert and Track-two Diplomacy: A Case Study of U2

Scroll down a bit to read an abstract of a paper by Rachel Plasch from the University of Stirling Poetry and Politics Conference in July 2006. Plasch writes, "Whereas formal, track-one political activity is centered on a persuasion of the mind, this paper will inquire whether the nature of art allows one to tap into a much more politically potent place.... [when] the ballads are visually celebrated with gently swaying fluorescent mobile phones, and politically manifested by dialing the number on the massive screen above the stage." (Where I come from I think we call that liturgy, but same point.)

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