Someone on Facebook commented the other day that they don’t ‘get’ the hype around Lady Gaga.
In amongst the lively and lengthy debate, another person posted a link to this article, which I honestly believe is the biggest piece of academic drivel that I have ever forced myself to read… A quote that REALLY shows how hard this woman is trying to force a largely irrational popular sensation into some kind of feminist academic definition is:
How could a figure so calculated and artificial, so clinical and strangely antiseptic, so stripped of genuine eroticism have become the icon of her generation? Can it be that Gaga represents the exhausted end of the sexual revolution? In Gaga’s manic miming of persona after persona, over-conceptualised and claustrophobic, we may have reached the limit of an era…
I’m not a Gaga fan, I actually don’t really care one way or another, what did strike me as particularly humerous is how it doesn’t matter how little logic actually comes into play in any phenomenon, someone is always trying to find meaning in it.
It got me thinking that most outrageously popular internet stuff is not popular because we have lost our ability to communicate, or that we have lost our identity or any other number of conclusions that it seems people have tried to draw in the past regarding human behavior… it becomes wildly popular because it is FUN. I wonder if us humans really have all the issues that academics and the like think we do, or if underneath it all, we are actually quite simple creatures.