Karl Marx concept of alienation is introduced to us in the video as a concept of imprisonment. An individual could never fulfill true happiness at his workplace because of the conditions and limits on his/her freedom are imposed. His power to control his actions, destiny and ability to think are not controlled by himself, but rather by those he works for. Marx concludes that a person can only be his or her real self once they leave the work place.
As stated in the reading, the communist Manifesto, the people who control the means of production, the bourgeoisie, are the ones who are in control of the proletariats, the people who sell their labor to the market and just become a commodity. I think in a way it’s harsh to critique and categorize a person like Marx does in the communist manifesto, but its nothing less than the truth. Though many people have no other choice but to be chained to being a proletariat in society due to lack of resources and other unfortunate circumstances, Marx believes there is a way for someone who was once a proletariat to become a bourgeoisie. We all strive to become something meaningful in life and acquire as much wealth for our hard work, but with all this money we become greedy and along with the greed comes the problems.
An example of this may be seen in Drake’s song, “started from the bottom”.
In this chorus we see how Drake expresses his feelings about making it to the top, but he feels like since he made it, everyone that doubted him suddenly wants to become a part of his life and his successes. Though he doesn’t intend to let them in, he feels alienated from everyone not knowing who is with him because they genuinely want to be and not because of his money and credentials. In the line “Story stayed the same through the money and the fame cause we…” I feel like the story of his progression as an artist and where he came from will never change even as his career continues.