“People will often cry gross over-intellectualisation when popular culture is critically addressed, as if it is somehow exempt from serious consideration because it is itself ‘non-serious’, just a bit of fun that doesn’t require or deserve dissection. I disagree; every expression of art is a product of its environment and as such will reflect the concerns, preoccupations and neuroses of the time. Mainstream entertainment particularly, by its very nature, has to reflect the dominant modes of thinking in order to qualify as mainstream, and in that respect, mass entertainment is even more fun to pick apart.”—
After a young man in the US state of Pennsylvania died last summer, three of his friends began receiving emails from his account.
The messages referenced private conversations and personal details, but after an initial search, the friends have decided that it’s not important to identify the sender.
While his loved ones understand that these emails aren’t really messages from the beyond, the brief notes still provide an unexpected connection with their late friend, and have helped with the grieving process.
“Man, that is one group that never did nothin’ for me, man; the Eagles. It’s like the worst of everything: the worst of country-rock, the worst of Seventies rock. Just the worst. You cannot make a case for The Eagles. […] People get mad at like Bon Iver, and that stuff … you wanna get mad at that, blame The Eagles. That was young people playing old people music. People making music to get tired to.”—Tom Scharpling, The Best Show On WFMU.
“New Theory: Rick Santorum is actually Andy Kaufman. Andy Kaufman faked his death, underwent heavy plastic surgery, and adopted the name “Rick Santorum”. Santorum’s entire political career and presidential run are actually part of Kaufman’s greatest joke, 30 years in the making.”—The Sadness Factory.