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I have hit the front page of Yah-who to test out a browser.  The top story is on last night’s American Idol episode, which is merely depressing, certainly in concept if not in content.  The true EC Comics horror factor kicks in when you look down in the bottom right corner.  It’s a feature labeled “Pulse”, and subtitled, in a bit of perhaps unintentional truth-telling, “What Yahoos are Into”.  The box randomly updates with a different glurge every time you update the page – favorite teen celebs, upcoming Hollywood movies, current “news of the weird” inbox cloggers…basically, a litany of glitzy, content-devoid culture crack for sheeple.  The absolutely horrifying one that made me despair for all humanity was Popular Music Artists, a three-word title of which only the first might be true; the accompanying pic was of the first listed putative artist, Danity Kane:

Looks like what happens when five girls from 14th Street uptown suddenly acquire enough money to go to Georgetown for a spree – and then voluntarily choose to go back to 14th Street afterwards.  If you’re keeping score at home, Client #9 would need another $21,500.

Not to be outdone, the remaining “artists” were Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne, Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, and Rihanna.  I can’t think of six better reasons offhand to pierce your own eardrums with a hatpin and gratefully enroll at Gallaudet.

Sure, it’s fashionable for each generation to sniff at the following ones’ musical tastes; it happened to Elvis, the Stones, the Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, any number of hip-hop artists.  And “pop music” has never been of too much worth as a body of work, no matter the era.  But by damn, skippy, what is wrong with music today?  I have gone on at length elsewhere that there were times when things were much better across the board; can we safely say that this is one of those times when the opposite has happened?  When things will be rejuvenated soon, and we’ll have another Elvis, another John Lennon, another Mick Jones or David Byrne to come in and clean out the chaff, to hasten them to the backwaters of kitsch musical history?  Please, someone tell me this will happen…soon


One Response

  1. don’t think about what the next generation after this one will like music-wise … don’t think about what the next generation after this one will like music-wise … DON’T THINK ABOUT WHAT THE NEXT GENERATION AFTER THIS ONE WILL LIKE MUSIC-WISE …

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