Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Four Thoughts

1. Lyrics to Britney Spears “Circus.” No lines in particular hit hard, but the jist:
"There’s only two types of people in the world
The ones that entertain, and the ones that observe..

All the eyes on me in the center of the ring
Just like a circus"
And the song itself. Kindamazing.

2. From the Manohla Dargis review of Baz Luhrman’s Australia:
"The usual line about kitsch is that it’s an affront, a cheapening of the culture, a danger. “Kitsch causes two tears to flow in quick succession,” Milan Kundera wrote. “The first tear says: How nice to see children running on the grass! The second tear says: How nice to be moved, together with all mankind, by children running on the grass! It is the second tear that makes kitsch kitsch.”"
3. My new vision of a hipster: children playing with a stick and a hoop, looking constantly to see if anyone (their parents?) is watching, and having more fun from their reaction than playing with the hoop and stick. A tweak on Kundera's dual level explanation of kitsch. Not what's going on in the picture, but cute right? And anachronistic, another hipster specialty.

4. Ongoing: the relationship between postmodernism, hipster culture, and high/low culture, i.e. writing intellectual pieces about Britney Spears’ “Circus.” When I find one (and there will be one) I will post. Submissions accepted.

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