Taste the diffidence
Wasn't there something a little Morrissey-esque about her article? Well, better written of course.Oh, Paglia's been annoying people for decades. Age isn't improving her outlook very much, that's for sure.
Whatever the flaws of Paglia's essay, and there are many, it's probably a point worth considering: is she right that sex and/or emotion have died of natural causes and passed away from the world? Or, put differently, perhaps these things are still in the world but GaGa is the canary in the coalmine telling us they will soon be gone. She strikes me as slightly Ballardian: she announces that sexuality in the twenty-first century will consist of a carefully controlled matrix of benevolent psychopathologies (hence "little monsters" is an apt description for her fans). She is one of the first big "sex symbols" who grew up after the official much-discussed "death of affect", which leads me to:As for Gaga - it's not her lack of emotion that's at issue for me
Perhaps this is her innovation? To be as studied and artificial as possible? Isn't there something Wildean about her artifice? Even her lack of sexual appeal is, in a way, true to the aesthetic ideal inasmuch as she is totally asexual in her appeal. Wilde would approvingly compare her to a Japanese print or something.Gaga - nothing new at all, and very studied.
Sorry to be the insufferable bore at the party who always goes here, but I can't resist ( ): the kid in Pakistan who changes pop music will first have to dodge remote-controlled U.S. drone missiles and survive catastrophic floods caused by global warming without aid from the West. After that, yeah, we'll have ourselves another Elvis.Somewhere in Pakistan there's a kid who is going to turn pop music on its head.