Well, that email was from 30 hours ago, and now it has 16 million views on YouTube. So here is what we know. 13-year-old amateur Rebecca Black’s song “Friday,” which was a song purchased and recorded for two grand from a vanity label, is about how the week sucks. It’s a celebration of the end of school and work, and indoctrination to a future nation of low-paid worker-slaves. That’s reasonable! Its intended audience will “get down on Fridays,” as she sings, until we repeal the eight-hour work-day and the five-day work-week. Oh wait, Walmart already did! So she’s right on time.
More things to know:
• The lyrics are just as insipid as any of the recent work by Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. (I would add Madonna to that list!)
• It’s also a terrible moment for aspiring young people, who will get their parents to sink money into vanity projects that won’t get 16 million hits on YouTube.
• She’s also quickly becoming a brand. And guess what? She’s going to be sticking around. It’s an axiom of the attention economy that negative attention is also fame-creating!
• That damn song is horribly catchy. Listen if you dare.
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