Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun don't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round
Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die –lyrics from the Flaming Lips song “Do You Realize”
The question is do Oklahoma economic developers and chamber of commerce folks realize how much Wayne Coyne and his band The Flaming Lips have helped fight the state’s declining national image?
Here in the land of political isolation and dead ideologies, among the infamous Sally Kern anti-gay rants, the Randy Terrill anti-immigration crusade, the attacks on science, Oklahoma resident Wayne Coyne has presented to the world a different image of Oklahoma. This is an image of inclusiveness, creativity and diversity.
Some state leaders recognize this and The Lips accomplishments. For example, The Lips song “Do You Realize” was recently named the state’s official rock song. Here’s the Rolling Stone magazine article about it. (Yeah, Rolling Stone.) It was mentioned throughout the national media. For example, Rachel Maddow and a guest talked about it recently on her MSNBC show.
Too often, as we all know, Oklahoma makes news because of its extremist politicians or its dire social problems or its never-ending weather tragedies.
Wayne Coyne and his band tell the world a different and, well, happier story about Oklahoma. This helps the state’s image in a substantial way.
Why does it not seem surprising that Oklahoma ranks high in subscriptions to online porn sites?
Benjamin Edelman, a Harvard business professor, recently published an article in the Journal of Economic Perspectives that concluded porn subscribers are “more prevalent in states where surveys indicate conservative positions on religion, gender roles, and sexuality. “
Oklahoma ranks fifth among broadband users behind Utah, Alaska, Mississippi and Hawaii, according to the study. (Click here to see the chart.)
So what does this tell us about Oklahoma, the reddest of red states? Well, one obvious interpretation is there remains a huge difference between the appearance and reality among many Oklahomans.
What else is new, right?
Run J.C. Run
Oklahoma Democrats should hope former U.S. Rep. J.C. Watts, a Republican, runs for governor in 2010.
Watts hasn’t announced anything official, but the political rumor mill speculates he might run. If so, he would challenge U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin. A Watts-versus-Fallin matchup would mean the Republicans would have to raise more money because the gubernatorial primary would be contested. Would their political race get ugly as they argued against each other about failed neoconservative policies? Would this alienate political moderates in the state?
On the Democratic side, Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins and Attorney General Drew Edmondson have indicated they plan to run for governor.