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Daily Archives: July 12th, 2010

“I Wish I’d Never Laid Eyes on Pornography”

  MARK writes: Laura wrote in the entry about Lady Gaga:  “Sexual and violent images are arousing. Young adults imitate what they see, and to a certain extent we all do. And, sure while they’re having sadomasochistic sex, they may be thinking, “This is the apotheosis of decay. I am rebelling by indulging in the […]

Is Sheltering Children from Popular Culture Harmful?

  IN THE previous entry about Gaga, a reader says that shielding children and adolescents from pop stars may be to their detriment. I have heard this argument before. His point was that young people are later exposed to temptations that they are entirely unprepared for and thus give in to them. But, of course, limiting […]

Une Chanson d’Amour

  TODAY’S pop performers lower the bar so far that aesthetic simplicity and understatement seem primitive. In fact, they are the end products of high civilization. This lovely version from the sixties by the French chanteuse Françoise Hardy of “Tous les Garçons et les Filles,” is the sort of thing crowded out by Lady Gaga and Miley Cyrus. Loveliness, the smiles of a summer […]

The ‘Inane Noblesse’ of Gaga

  SEE THE excellent contribution by Scott M. in the previous entry to various reflections on Lady Gaga and the diabolic imagination. He writes: We can speak of the ageless “powers and principalities” that have been seeking to destroy human souls since time immemorial, but we would be telling only half the story if we did not identify groups in […]