In a previous blog, with tongue in cheek, I suggested that Jay Gatsby and his excessive West Egg style might be a distant ancestor of Psy and his gaudy "Gangnam Style." I showed the graph to my students and asked if we could fill in a third column for Psy. This is what we came up with.
The "hit song" is used to quickly leapfrog into another branch of entertainment or advertising -- the edges are scrubbed off of all the different genres and rap and rock and pop and electronic are melded into a vast, marketable mid region.
At first, I wanted to write an obituary for my friend Dobie Gray who passed away last week after losing his battle with cancer. Instead, I decided to share a few mainly professional memories of the man who introduced amazing hits into pop culture.
Governmental cultural diplomacy can sometimes come off as forced or out-of-touch, but K-pop is an authentic reflection and spectacle of youth culture that is impressively close to the pulse of the "global cool."