Sometimes the showiness is intentional and is a necessary part of the art itself. But sometimes it completely detracts from the real, raw talent. And isn't it the talent that makes music what it is? Maybe it's never truly existed, but I wish we could find a way back to that simplicity.
What saddens me the most is that as much as my young cousin can eloquently predict the future for Ms. Nicki Minaj, she cannot even see a clear one for herself as she embarks high school. Where did we go wrong? Is there a way out?
I hear Hollywood tends to be liberal. But from what I gather from its messages, it couldn't care less about its main audience: the middle and lower classes. As far as I'm concerned, it is just as bad as Mr. Trump and his birther banter.
Gossip and celebrity are the great luxuries of true democracy. They're the tawdry jewel in the crown of free speech and expression. Gossip about the famous or infamous is for leisure, for fun, for entertainment, for relaxation.
Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Robert Mapplethorpe are all names I remember hearing as I was growing up. I would be hard pressed to find a 12-year-old who could name a living artist today.
The lack of volition to travel overseas corresponds to a shocking ignorance about other parts of the world. Contemporary students are notoriously ignorant of world geography. Many of them think that Africa, for example, is one country rather than a continent of 53 sovereign nations.
We don't have earthly gods and goddesses to look up to anymore, but we do have the next best thing -- celebrities -- seekers of fame and fortune, whose lives are thrown into the awareness of almost every living creature in the modern world.
In a media culture where cats batting balls of yarn get a larger audience than The Hurt Locker, artists don't bother to study in their fields, preferring to arm themselves with a cool, teeny camera and have at it.
Us Weekly has profited enormously from the Gosselins' marriage failing -- producing six consecutive covers this summer featuring either Jon or Kate -- and they're not quite done feasting off that carcass' bones.