Got lost in a black hole of the AV Club’s HateSong feature today, such a good idea. While I started on Macklemore (incredibly astute) and made my way to Taylor Swift (brilliant), I grew to love what the critics had to say about popular culture.
The T-Swift one particularly struck me. The argument was that the song essentially catered to a 14 year old’s notion of romantic and cultural importance, both true assertions.
Probably the thing I’m most angry about is that our culture is driven by 14-year-olds. I think that’s an inherent flaw in our culture. It’s a relatively new thing, but in the last 75 years we’ve come to the point where what a 14-year-old thinks is more important than what a person with life experience thinks.
The good news is that the solution is in the criticism. Stop pandering to stupid, popular idealisms supported by youth. We should encourage young people to think more critically anyway, which so much of media does not promote. Let’s work on this?
Imagine a Cosmo Girl headline like this “Hide those dark circles after the Euthyphro dilemma keeps you up at night!”