United Breaks Guitars: If you haven’t seen this video yet, you really should.
The full story can be found here. It’s a really prime example of how dangerous it can be to piss off bards. ancient or modern!
“…I realized then that as a songwriter and traveling musician I wasn’t without options. In my final reply to Ms. Irlweg I told her that I would be writing three songs about United Airlines and my experience in the whole matter. I would then make videos for these songs and offer them for free download online, inviting viewers to vote on their favourite United song. My goal: to get one million hits in one year.”
The art of “shame-poetry” is surely not dead, nor ineffective, even today. If you go to YouTube, you can also find several video responses, one from the artist himself. In this, you can also see how the bard has a responsibility to “own” the works s/he has produces, and the effects they might have upon others. (Poor Ms. Irlweg!)