Watch the newsnight review of britneys new album. What a bunch of muppets. Going on and on about her life and her "iconic status" bollocks. The girl has gone electro. She doesn't write the stuff. So fucking what? Does Kylie? Who fucking cares? She's had a very public nervous breakdown. Good. What the fuck is wrong with that? What they played on the program sounds like OK electro music. She's looking much sexier post-breakdown. People will either buy her album or not. What does this reflect? Nothing. Fuck all. I don't understand this judgment process.
I read on the front of newspapers that Amy Winehouse lost it a bit on scag, K, coke etc. So fucking what? Its life.
I understand where you are coming from but I think people are interested because they perceive that fame and the media have had a lot to do with the breakdowns.
I watched newsnight last nite and couldn't believe that they were discussing Britney. I mean, who really cares? She should get real help. Not like she can't afford it.
I think she should get a decent drug habit. I think with a bit of raunch she might find some talent. Why they chose those people to discuss her is beyond me.
Pop culture has become as shallow as spit on a flat rock.
always has been
If that were true, Warhol would be worthless.
The 60s had teeth.
Warhol is worthless, and the 60s had a normal share of flat spit but, yup. We could do with teeth right now...
Subjective opinions of Warhol aside, what he brought to the cultural dialog was anything but worthless. He made important distinctions, and he warned of this day.
Of course there's always shit amongst the gems in any cultural milieu, but pop culture spawned of real talent and verve informs society in ways that seem almost lost in the product of the current 'factory'.
I can be a bit trite at times, but there just seems a comprehensive lightweight aspect these days.
Lots of amazing talent around, but contemporary pop culture has a prevailing, soulcrushing lack of depth.
Fame is the game.
and you don't think its always been that way since the Monkee's or even the early Beatles?
Its always weird what surfaces. For example I was listening to the mainstream radio pop shit for a couple of days and this kept surfacing as a really good tune, not least because I've been experimenting with this same chord progression for years.
Our drummer pointed out it was originally performed by Alanis "the Little-Morris".
And I always fucking hated her.
There seemed to be a compelling quality that urged the culture forward, in refreshingly honest -if often naive- ways. When pop culture had sort of a bootstrapped quality to it. As if it sprang from the woodwork, and wasn't manufactured by Disney, Sony, etal.
Not just music, but film, too. And even tv, to some extent. There seemed a sincere artness to it that wasn't bound by the staid strictures of 'high art'.
I guess that gets at what I meant.
There are always extraordinary individual efforts, but the beneficial force of pop culture has lost its thrust. Wankery.
Sign of the times, I reckon.
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