Sunday, September 15, 2013

                       Fame, Popularity and Other Dirty Words…

                                                            by D. Winbush

Success breeds contempt. Well at least amongst the chosen few who have been ordained to critique what we watch, read, wear and listen to by their education, pedigree and general disapproval of the petty uneducated masses. This is the warning given to the makers of pop culture and their devoted followers in the introduction of Osborne’s “Reading Pop Culture.” If by creating anything you happen to stumble onto the top of the Billboard Music charts, the cover of Time Magazine, slot #1 on the New York Times bestseller’s list or the couch of some comedian’s late night TV show, be prepared that your work will no longer be considered culture without the word “pop” preceding it. Don’t even expect  ”La Intelligencia” to waste those precious few moments in between organic, soy, gluten-free lattes to regulate your pathetic attempts at culture to the play-pen where it belongs.
According the Osborne, the early pioneers of pop culture historians in academia were derided for even conceiving that you could critique any art that smacked of popular mass appeal. How can you analyze something that was created without real thought? Why waste your pen ink on  garbage that the functionally illiterate find amusing? Because those chosen few have a mission: to protect us from ourselves. Duh! Those naturally endowed with several extra IQ points have been sent from above, (or nowhere if you’re intelligent enough not to believe in God and that brain-washing cult they call religion) to inform, enlighten and cultivate the rest of us.
 Osborne says we must be taught how to “keep your brain turned on when you… turn your television on.” Rage against the machine and do not take your job as a couch potato lightly. How dare those executives thrust their capitalist consumer culture on you through endless commercials during your nightly binge of mindless, brain-numbing TV shows! Rage, rage against the "zombification" that colors your pathetic, little non-existence. Follow the creed of the Apple campaign and please remember to “think different”. Oh wait, they were trying to sell you some overpriced iPad assembled by children making $1 a day in some sweatshop in China…

1 comment:

  1. This is a really passionate post, Dawn...But I'm not sure why you wrote about the Introduction to our textbook :-/

    The assignment for tomorrow was to write about the first 6 chapters of Dracula using Steven King's article as a way of analyzing the novel :-/