Book: The Rosary and the Microphone
Chapter: Linear: A Way Forward
This chapter focuses on Linear, a full-length promotional video for the album No Line on the Horizon. The full-length promotional video seems to represents a “way out” from the oppression of the state to a utopian “beyond.” The band is a “guide” throughout the film, suggesting a new way forward, a way that points to coexistence as a goal. As a theoretical framework, the analysis uses Roland Barthes’ lectures on how to live together. The long-form video illustrates how one might live with others in a polarized world, through the employments of idiorrythmy, or living in solitude with regular interruptions.