Pop Culture Friday–America Needs A Prozac

1 Feb

1.   Lil Wayne–Bitches Love Me–UGH.  This song is like a parody of anything from the skeezier end of hip-hop.  The sound is kinda cool, but the whole song is  about getting laid, and not caring about the person you get laid with, giving some lip against the haters (am I a hater?  I guess maybe I am), and bragging about his expertise in bed.  In general, I wouldn’t like talking to a person who talked about this stuff, but it also seems kind of sad, always needing to be drunk or stoned and not making any real connections to anybody.  Also the voices are auto-tuned to death.  Also, Lil Wayne sounds mostly bored more than anything else. The worst thing about this song is that it’s not even fun.  Yuck yuck yuck.

2.   James Patterson and Mark Sullivan, Private Berlin–“In Europe’s most dangerous city, an investigator is searching, and she’s after more than the truth.”  I find this sentence very strange, I guess it might have been much better than their last book “Private Omaha” where in America’s tamest city, an investigator is sitting, and she’ll settle for a few vague lies.  I’m trying to give this book a good feel, but every site I look at is filled with hard-sell stuff that is a complete turn-off, it’s like reading the ads for books in the back of a paperback from the ’80’s.  Oh, the investigator is searching for her ex, and she’ll have to enter the most dangerous sections of Berlin.  I give this book a few minuses, first -1 for more than one Author, always a bad sign, -1 for having a plot that I can put together in my head, -1 for just being the sort of paperback book you can get for a quarter at some used bookstore in 5 years.

3.  Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters–What is wrong with America this week?  Are they punishing themselves for something?  Has the cold weather gotten them down?  Honestly, I can’t think of a week where all three items on the pop-list are this bad.    Anyway, we go to steam-punk world where Hansel and Gretel chase down witches and other things with guns.  It just seems so tired.  It’s not subversive, it’s not fun, it’s not good, it’s just hollywood getting hipster dollars by following formula.

This week showed all the cynical sides of pop culture, the tripe for the masses, the lazy lazy bad bad as dumb as you get bottom-feeding commercial stuff.

“Pop culture has entered into a nostalgic malaise. Online culture is dominated by trivial mashups of the culture that existed before the onset of mashups, and by fandom responding to the dwindling outposts of centralized mass media. It is a culture of reaction without action.”  John Lanier

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