What is AlieNation?
In separation and divorce, parental alienation can have a detrimental impact on children. This occurs when one parent conducts a campaign of denigration to erase the other parent from the children’s lives. They cultivate the belief that the other parent is unavailable and unloving, or perhaps even dangerous. As many as 13% of American adults report having been alienated from their own children . There is devastating psychological harm on both the children and the targeted parent. Any parent is capable of alienating behavior, particularly if the divorce has created hostility between the ex-spouses. Self-awareness is critical to avoid becoming an alienator.
David Wang, from the band Critical Mass, is advocating for the children and targeted parents of parental alienation. Using the music from Critical Mass' album "Serenity", this website is a resource of information, music and videos to help those who are struggling with this form of child abuse. The song "AlieNation" comes from this album.
The song AlieNation has two meanings. First, is the reference to parental alienation. The second is a reference to ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers,’ where an evil entity takes over the body and people ultimately lose control. In the same way, parental alienation results in children becoming enmeshed psychologically with the alienating parent, resulting in the children rejecting, plotting against and even spying on the targeted parent. They will often repeat phrases and stories that echo the alienating parent. It is no coincidence that these lyrics apply perfectly to both situations.