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On The Clout Economy

There is a lawyer who has gotten an entire secondary income and reputation in encouraging rappers to stop self-snitching who records humorous but also poignant videos discussing how it is that rappers get themselves into trouble by telling on themselves. … Continue reading

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On The Leavening Of Heathen Ways

It may seem somewhat odd, but until very recently I was unaware of the tendency for contemporary computer users to praise an entire month as being fit for Halloween memes. While it is not something I usually make a big … Continue reading

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Lorde: A Decline In Three Acts

Lorde, what happened? Pop culture ultimately does not matter a great deal on its own slender merits. Little of that which is produced today is remembered tomorrow, whether one is dealing with the thousands of books that are published daily, … Continue reading

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An Island Unto Itself?

One of the most enduring jokes that has been made–a version of it goes all the way back to Shakespeare’s Merchant Of Venice–about the English is the way that they are so relentlessly monolingual. Similar things have been said about … Continue reading

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Making A Virtue Out Of Bad Chemistry

One of the expectations that people have of songs, especially those songs that portray a couple, is that there is chemistry between the couple. Chemistry is a funny thing, and sometimes people don’t have it to somewhat laughable and extreme … Continue reading

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Bebe Rexha: A Case Study In Star Power

One of the unfortunate aspects of art and celebrity culture is that there is a big disconnect between who we are and who we appear to be as stars. The difference between person and persona has always been present, and … Continue reading

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An Offense Against The Dignity Of The Artist

Is it an offense against the dignity of an artist to make music that resonates with the general public? Is it demeaning to create songs that are melodic and pleasant to listen to and full of hooks that are catchy, … Continue reading

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Suite: Judy Blue Eyes: A Case Study In The Kuleshov Effect

One of the joys of having a bit of historical context is that one is able to put things in their proper context. Relatively recently a song came out that was credited to rapper Travis Scott (but which featured uncredited … Continue reading

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Try Not To Abuse Your Power

While I have generally been pretty critical of celebrity culture, I do find it interesting that the latest single by musician Billie Eilish deals with the question of power and its abuse as well as the strange way it makes … Continue reading

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Is Fame Abuse?

One of the more underlying but consistent themes that I write about concerning celebrity culture is the rather demented nature of it. One does not have to look very hard to see that fame is hard on people. Celebrities lose … Continue reading

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