Wednesday, May 25th, 2011

Why Do Gaga's Machinations Seem Mechanical Now?

"The innovation of Lady Gaga in the desultory days of 2007 was the difference between becoming a youth icon at 16, as Britney and her ilk did, and becoming one at 22, after a diploma from Sacred Heart and a few solid semesters at New York University—and so, presumably, with enough Freud, Marx and Gawker to understand her identity as a commodity, and what that really meant…. 'The Fame' was unmitigated fun, a likeable young trader making a killing for her personal account with crafty biography arbitrage—who knew there were inefficient markets willing to pay so much for 'shut my playboy mouth' and 'I wanna take a ride on your disco stick'?"
There's got to be a morning after.

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NinetyNine (#98)

So Lady Gaga is the Jeff Koons of pop music? That works.

HiredGoons (#603)

@NinetyNine: this.

dado (#102)

Lady Gaga is to Britney as Haley Reinhard is to Lauren Alaina.

La Cieca (#1,110)

tl; paimi.

("Too long, punched author in mouth instead.")

Tulletilsynet (#333)

Miss the old analog days when you could stop a song just by physically attacking the jukebox.

Matt (#26)

I'm still angry at all of you for not telling me she said "I'm Batman" the other night on Letterman.

Mr. B (#10,093)

Use of the word "ilk" is a pretty reliable signal that it's O.K. to stop reading.

Kakapo (#2,312)

@Mr. B ? Why do we hate the word "ilk"?

Mr. B (#10,093)

@Kakapo – Have you ever heard it said aloud? It sounds retarded.

I think of it as one of those cliches used by writers with some vague notion that it makes them seem smarter than they really are; at that point I can no longer take them seriously.

sunnyciegos (#551)

@Mr. B Wait, I read the whole column, skimmed at least. I thought it was parody. Overwrought to the point of awful, but knowing. Right? Or am I reading this wrong?

Kakapo (#2,312)

@Mr. B Oh, the article was definitely insufferable. I'm just not getting the "ilk" hate.

katherine (#10,025)

@Mr. B But it doesn't even have two syllables! I thought words that writers use to sound smarter were supposed to be scary multisyllabic big words.

Team Ilk.

Mr. B (#10,093)

It's the whole phrase: "of her ilk," "of that ilk," etc. Certain cliches get under your skin, right? This one just strikes me as an overly precious archaism — the kind of thing that would appeal to someone whose idea of elevated diction comes from reading Tolkien in junior high. Another example: referring to a book that isn't the Gutenberg Bible or The Book of Kells as a "tome."

@sunnyciegos – No, I agree. Being parody doesn't make it readable.

k-rex (#2,909)

@Mr. B I've heard that word.

Mr. B (#10,093)

@k-rex The bird is the word?

CatsInBags (#3,656)


macartney (#1,889)

Or also: "What took ya'll so long?!?"

@CatsInBags Preeeeeeeeeeeeeeecisely!
I think it's great that NYU students make coked-up bets, L Ron Hubbard-style, and then actually try and carry them out but I don't like being told by otherwise sensible people that the products of those bets are worth my time.

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