i know you love the gaga- you probably love the gaga and can't help yourself. i fucking hate the gaga. it's not so much that i do not get her appeal, it's just that i find what passes for addictively appealing nauseating and even more vapid than fucking madonna-a great love of paglia's - and we know how i hate the madonna. i HAD to play those records for years. it ruined me.
but if madonna was the chameleon sponge slicing, dicing, and stealing from all the usual places- pre- WW2 berlin, underground marginalized black and gay culture, hollywood- and trying desperately to remain relevant in our whimsical shallow fad and memory loss driven culture , gaga has turbo driven the process into almost instant oblivion for every passing fancy. a vast messy sea jam packed with chaotic loud nothingness, a kaleidoscope of flickering purloined obsessions of the mere moment. she's hello kitty with tits. a hello kitty devoid of any apparent appeal which one assumes is her whole pointless point. hello kitty was generated by a computer which was fed information concerning what children of a certain age found most visually pleasing. lady gaga is what you get when you have a computer create a robot out of the bittersweet tears of a million lonely emo brats who can't be weened off their ipods and cell phones, rendered in 1's and 0's.
but camille has managed to lay gaga out effectively and definitively. i may just have to pony up the one pound it costs to read the whole article.
"Generation Gaga doesn’t identify with powerful vocal styles because their own voices have atrophied: they communicate mutely via a constant stream of atomised, telegraphic text messages. Gaga’s flat affect doesn’t bother them because they’re not attuned to facial expressions.
Gaga's fans are marooned in a global technocracy of fancy gadgets but emotional poverty. Borderlines have been blurred between public and private: reality TV shows multiply, cell phone conversations blare everywhere; secrets are heedlessly blabbed on Facebook and Twitter. Hence, Gaga gratuitously natters on about her vagina… "