I'm not cool. Never have been. Don't care to be. However, I do like music and try to branch out into new things. I recently caught wind of Lana Del Rey and enjoyed the album Born to Die. This New Yorker article discusses an unsavory side of Pop Music criticism and expectations.1 It also frames just how powerful and fickle the Internet is. It's possible to go from prodigy to bum in just one performance.2 The Internet is not just a star maker.
- None of this is new. This kind of stuff has gone on for centuries. Onre of my favorite examples is the 1965 Bob Dylan performance at the Newport Folk Festival. ↩
- For what it's worth, I still really like the Lana Del Rey album. It's fine pop-music that has a nice haunting undertone to the music and lyrics. ↩