Jerald Newman

From Britney Spears to Lady Gaga

In Uncategorized on November 8, 2012 at 2:47 am

Today i met a guy in the bus; he looked like from the monster land: Black manicure, white make up with spots around ayes, pear-sings on every possible part of body… He could hardly speak…
I had my headphones with and he asked what kind of music i listened. Bein’ sure that he was one of those black metal pals walking in the street and worshiping dark spirits, i answered that i listened  rock , but probably not as heavy as he did….  He looked  surprised, after a while shook his head and said: “Man, I hate that heavy shit.”  Finally i find our that he was a huge Lady Gaga fan….
When he jumped off the bus, thoughts went through my head….
As the time passes, i see the growing nihilism among people, it has raised up with a need to bring  apocalyptic streams in societal environment… Nice illustration for this is a transformation of the images/icons in pop music. 10 years ago, we had kind barbie like girls like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Main PR trick for first one was manipulation with her virginity, so that the public could be caught up, with her teenage  pureness… She was successful people loved her…  Today nobody is annoyed with Lady Gaga monsters, horror stage that was somehow marginal decade ago, became a significant attribute for the modern pop music…
What are the reasons for it?
Mainly i would say that ‘horrorizing’ of the society is an outcome of the domestication of fear… Endless talks in media about potential threats, and how vulnerable  society is,  while stepping against: Pedophiles,  maniacs, natural catastrophes, wild animals etc… create need to respond in a way that seems to be appropriate from the context. For example, during hippie movement everyone was against war, so aggression accumulated in masses, did not go in horrors, but in drugs, and things that could make people feel that their lives  were better than  minute ago… their understanding of societal peace went wrong as well, but on another direction….  Hippies believed that they could change things and they did change…
Noam Chomsky in his book “What We Say Goes,” agrees with Howard Zinn saying that one of the greatest problems of modernity is a “Civil Obedience,”   on the one hand young people in the west are too law obedient to overcome normative limits of protesting, but on the other hand, they need to free up their inner negative energy. More people we have with feelings of hidden protest, more monstrous is our pop culture.

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