Friday, January 18, 2008

American Idol and the Fall of the Western World

Imagine a world where all art, innovation, inventions, music, dance, writing, publication, movies etc. Were voted on by a majority rules worldwide audience. A World where only the winner, the mediocre, the mean is available for distribution.

Imagine all of the genius, new styles, sounds, experiences, feelings, activities, leisure's, innovations that we miss.

All of the people outside the mean. People with so much to offer to the diversity of life silenced because your text votes failed to validate what they bring to society.

People who are mocked on the show as weird or odd or retarded.

When you laugh at their looks or vocal style or outfits...

Think all of the Abraham Lincoln's we fail to elect in our airbrushed, image first, pop culture world.

American Idol is the best example I can think of where mass market destroys the innovation and promise of our culture to the sound thunderous applause.

We are voting for our own homogenization....

Tonight I light a candle for all of those people outside the standard deviation.

8 comments:

Rocketstar said...

Ai is all about the product of current "popular" music that can make the major labels $$. You are right in that it is not about innovation or artistic value, it is about selling "Cambell Soup"; selling the commodity of the masses.

I do not fault the show however for those folks that are that delusional to think that they actually can sing.

the108 said...

I agree with Rocket.

Boriquaz said...

So you're trying to say the dude from the first episode this season who sang let my people go should be given a chance even though he was horrible LOL. Isn't America an American Idol in general look at elections, isn't it voting by the masses for who we like better? Just a thought.

Kristi said...

You're friends with that Princess Leah (sp?) chick that was rejected aren't you?

The "Let My People Go" dude was the best dude on the whole four hour season premiere, I was almost crying!

Ma said...

haha Calvin has been saying that he wants to be famous lately - and when I ask him what he wants to do to be famous he tells me American Idol......... sheesh

Mitchie said...

a bit like high school politics, isn't it? in crowds, cliques, groupthink? then again, to classify the entire nation within this lemming category does nothing to recognize those few glimmering strands of talent that remain?

[not referring to American Idol, to clarify. Don't particularly care for that program, I admit. Although kudos to any program that can sustain the celebrity of anyone so mystifying as Ms. Abdul. The woman defies natural law.]

Also, in searching for the next great national songbird, would it not be much more productive and worthwhile to focus some attention on returning music and the arts to our schools? How are we to discover the next virtuoso if he/she is not given the opportunity or exposure to music beyond this homogenized product you speak of? just a thought.

Colette, aka Lil Sis said...

I like Rocket and Mitchie's posts. There are way too many cutbacks in schools arts programs. I for one love watching American Idol, but my music tastes expand well beyond the top 40.

Good food for thought though. As always. :)

Mags said...

I hate American Idol...I especially hate when they show hours of people who really think they are good-or worse,the people who obviously have something "not right" about them and they sit and laugh...and ask us to laugh with them. There are some people who are doing it for their 5 minutes of fame on the bloopers, yes-but others, well, they really believe they are good and it makes me sad that we're laughing at that.