Thursday, April 16, 2009

In which I overthink things. Again.

The problem with taking 6 years of post-secondary education that specialized in studying mass communications is that you cannot read, watch, or listen to much without thinking about paper topics. So when Vicki passed me the link to Susan Boyle singing "I dreamed a dream" from Les Miz, I immediately considered the following:

1) The use of mass culture to reinforce social norms of fairness and non-discrimination;

2) The heavy-handed narration of even and especially reality television;

3) The use of a song from melodrama to create and amplify a new, different melodrama.

And yeah, if I wanted to I could bust out the Adorno/Horkheimer or Gramsci. But you know what? Sometimes awesome TV is just that. (Something those authors never conceded.) So go watch. (Youtube embedding disabled.) Don't skip forward, and watch it to the end.

1 comment:

Vicki said...

I love your brain. I want to have babies with it.