i asked for advice here and on myspace and 95% of the replies i got told me to go for it.
but i decided not to.
i decided that it is not an issue of "selling out" or not. and it has nothing to do with money. i just don't want my art connected to a network logo. if they asked me to be on the soundtrack of a fox searchlight film i might say yes. if they asked me to have a song in the background of one of their skate shows i might say yes. but a network ID for a fox owned network seems to cross the line of what i can consider okay for me. it's just how i feel in my gut.
thanks to everyone who told me what they thought about the situation. i read every single reply twice. and took every reply to heart. but i was sad that there weren't more people telling me to fuck the man.
i think that is another reason i decided not to do it.
i got a sense that most people feel like there is nothing we can do and these corporate media "giants" have already won, so i should take the money and run. that idea hurts my soul. it felt good to write to the guy and tell him honestly how i feel. it felt good to be a little speck of dust in a great big universe standing before something so much bigger than me and saying "i'm sorry, but this makes me feel bad."
so, in a roundabout way, you all made me realize what is important to me.
-to love and be loved
-fighting the good fight
-recognizing the value of being true to myself
-communication and communities
-using my voice
-being someone panda can be proud of
i really believe my choices make a difference.
thanks for trusting me and loving me and helping me.
you should all read the article in the seattle weekly about the band dead moon.
it's really appropriate and inspiring.