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Sunday, December 26, 2004
Random Non-Xmas-Related Shit

During the last 20 years or so, pop culture has become more and more disposable. Now, pop culture was never meant to be a lasting thing, but there have been some classics -- the entire library of The Beatles, Looney Tunes, a good chunk of early rocknroll. Hell, even most classical music was part of pop culture. Pop culture is not meant to last, but it does.

But, in the post-grunge, post-rap revolution that has taken place in the last two decades, the quality of pop culture has gotten worse. Nirvana v. Seven Mary Three. Pearl Jam v. Stone Temple Pilots. Public Enemy v. Puff Daddy. A tremendous drop in the quality of the product. Product is the key word there.

During the time of the downward slide in pop culture, there has been an increase in awareness of the consuming public. A meta-awareness, if you will. We are aware that these things are products, and that like all products, are manufactured. We still (for the most part) retain the filters to sort the real stuff from the shit, but we are fascinated by the "manufacturers". Of course, we realize that the "artists" are not the ones making the products. We are seeing the carefully managed images of people who we are meant to believe are making the products. So, our fascinations have changed. We no longer want to see the product -- we want to see the product that made the product. There are like three or four different levels of nonsense that we have to sift through in order to get to the real pop culture now.

We don't want the greatest hits album. We want the gossip behind the album.

We don't want the retrospective programs on TV. We want to hear minor celebs talking about their memories of the retrospectives.

We don't want sincerity, unless it's real. We want snarkism and sarcasm, especially if it's real.

Celebrities aren't different than us -- they just have more money with which to support their addictions, and to seek treatment when it's needed.

So endeth the sermon for today. Go forth and keep on sinning.

Comments by: YACCS