Gaga…. Really?

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.

2 thoughts on “Gaga…. Really?”

  1. I’m not a gaga fan. I don’t like the music she is making now very much (or the previous stuff for the Pussycat Dolls). But it is undeniable that she also has huge talent, of a very conventional sort. You can find old videos of her sitting at a piano and playing and singing pretty songs very beautifully.

    She is doing what she is doing now because it SELLS. If it stops selling then I’m sure that, like Madonna before her, she’ll adopt a new style, probably successfully for decades.

    Consider this: even I, a non-fan nearing 50, can from the merest snippet instantly tell Poker Face from Bad Romance from Paparazzi from Telephone.

  2. I concur! And my point exactly, do we really need to read anything further into it? I’m not convinced any of these ‘phenomens’ mean anything further that what you said!

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