Hogging the screen

from Aesop Rock – Daylight Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“American nightmare hogging the screen” plays off the original line — Americans think they are fulfilling a dream but in reality it’s a nightmare. Or at least, it’s very complicated, very busy, difficult to pace, etc.

This line could be using a literal meaning of screen to mean movies and television. The clouded vision of society which is considered historically as the “American Dream” — represented in images like the white picket fence — is ingrained in us through our mass media consumption. Aesop believes we are force fed by society and as a result are not clear minded and independent to create our own path.

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