Camille Paglia Screams For Gaga (& Her Fans) To Get Off Her Lawn

by TKOEd • Sunday, Sep 12, 2010 • 2 responses - join us

Camille Paglia has a “profile” of Lady Gaga in this week’s Sunday Times (UK). Though I agree with a lot of what Paglia has to say here about Lady Gaga (her points about Gaga being compared to the likes of Madonna, and even worse David Bowie, are very good), I take issue with a couple of her assertions.

1st off I don’t get why Gaga needs to be sexual in Paglia’s eyes. Aren’t women sexualized enough in pop culture? One can argue that for a woman to become a huge star while simultaneously being asexual is a triumph, and a sign that younger folks are possibly beginning to move past America’s obsession with sex.

This line is particularly problematic:

Gaga’s fans are marooned in a global technocracy of fancy gadgets but emotional poverty.

Paglia seems to give no other evidence for her statement besides people putting more of their personal selves in public.

There is also an enormous amount of “get off my lawn” aspect to what Paglia is saying. She just sounds like an old person who doesn’t get all these weird things, and people some young people are into. Paglia even calls Gaga rude for wearing shades during an interview. Sure it’s a bit rude, but Gaga is a rock star after all. Not the 1st one with an affinity for shades & she certainly won’t be the last.

People like Paglia will never understand why some young & not so young people love Gaga. Gaga isn’t for her. If Paglia would have stuck to the points about Gaga as in artist, especially her point about Gaga’s corporate backing, she would have really hit it out of the park.

One more thing the idea of Paglia as “America’s foremost cultural critic”, as the Times (UK) calls her, is pretty laughable. I don’t know who is, but I know she ain’t.

If someone is going to critique, and attempt to tell people why someone like Gaga is popular it probably shouldn’t be someone who’s 63 years old. I was just talking about the hegemony of old people in positions of power on twitter. It’s not just about politics. It’s about academia, journalism & many other areas. I don’t think we need to push older folks aside, but we need to be much, much less dismissive of young(er) people. They/we know a lot more than folks older than us give us credit for. A lot of our leading thinkers & revolutionaries were in their 30′s or younger when they made names for themselves and/or their organizations.

(h/t Danielle Scruggs)


“Fast Car” & Parental Responsibility.

by TKOEd • Friday, Mar 26, 2010 • 6 responses - join us

See my old man’s got a problem
He lives with the bottle that’s the way it is
He says his body’s too old for working
I say his body’s too young to look like his
My mama went off and left him
She wanted more from life than he could give
I said somebody’s got to take care of him
So I quit school and that’s what I did

That is of course from Tracy Chapman’s seminal 1988 song “Fast Car” (can’t believe it’s been 22 years). It came on the radio at work yesterday & that part of the song specifically got me wondering how much a parent owes their child & for how long. Not in the way we usually talk about parental responsibility in America though. Specifically, I wondered if a parent should stay with another parent who for all intents & purposes is incapacitated if leaving means that a child will bear the overwhelming majority of the burden in taking care of the other parent.

If you know me, you can probably guess that I’m very conflicted about this. I could probably make an argument for both sides. Either way someone is losing some freedom. I don’t really have much to add. This is more me thinking out loud than anything. I would really love to read your thoughts.

My President Is Black

by TKOEd • Friday, Jan 23, 2009 • 2 responses - join us

Via lot’s of fucking places:

Because It’s Sunday: Genius Top Ten – Updated

by TKOEd • Sunday, Nov 2, 2008 • one response - join in

Yes I’m jacking this from Jamelle.

I’m trying to figure out ways to pull my personality out of myself & put it into this blog. Music is very important to me. I also believe that a person’s musical taste can tell you a lot about them. Personally I think my music taste says that I am interested in a very wide variety of things, which I am. These are 10 songs that came up when I hit the genius button in my itunes playlist.

The root:
Konichiwa Bitches

Robyn from Robyn

The list:

Shove It f. Spank Rock
Santogold from Santogold

Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death from Above
CSS from Cansei de Ser Sexy

Lights & Music
Cut Copy from In Ghost Colours

I’m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You
Black Kids from Partie Traumatic

On The Radio
Regina Spektor from Begin To Hope

Time to Pretend (Radio Version)
MGMT from Oracular Spectacular

How I Could Just Kill a Man
Charlotte Sometimes from Waves and the Both of Us

Cheap and Cheerful
The Kills from Midnight Boom

I’m a Lady f. Trouble Andrew
Santogold from Santogold

Dirty Harry
Gorillaz from Demon Days

I originally wanted to put up the MGMT video but for some reason all of the videos I could find on youtube have the embedding disabled. I really love that song. Konichiwa Bitches is a song I randomly found last night while watching Chappelle’s Show. The racial draft skit came on. The Wu-Tang clan gets chosen by the Asian delegation. At the end of their speech GZA says konichiwa bitches! For whatever reason I decided to google the phrase. Robyn’s song is the 1st thing that comes up. I listened to it, liked it & downloaded it. The list is pretty much all dance-pop slash electronica type stuff. I really enjoy all the songs on this list a lot. Just good fun music, though my favorite, Time to Pretend, is kind of a bleak look at “rock star life”.

Update: I had not idea that the above Robyn is the same Robyn of this:

Of course during the 90′s I didn’t know the name of any artist that wasn’t doing Hip Hop. I vividly remember this song but I just wasn’t actively following anyone but Hip Hop & R&B artists.