“One of my tenets as a musician is that there’s no absolute “taste hierarchy.” “Good taste” is culturally coded, so it’s not particularly instructive to point one’s finger at something and call it “bad art.” I find it much more interesting to examine something considered “bad” and see if I can’t transform it into something with artistic merit by changing a few conditions.”—
Scott Bradlee on Nickelback. I strongly believe this, not just about this song (though I think I have admitted my love of this song in the past) but about music in general.
“Calling [Bachmann] a bitch is too easy—it glosses over the actual concrete problems with her as a candidate—and more importantly, the woman-specific use of "bitch" toward people who allegedly ‘deserve’ it only serves to further crack open the door to it being used against any woman who’s trying to make her way in a male-dominated field.”—Well said, Maura.
“Pop songs as false emotional advertising and ideology as everydayness are themselves grounds for inquiry. Unless you have an awareness of your views as political manifestations, you won’t believe you can change them.”—
“Instead of attending what should have been the Orlando Magic’s season opener last night, I laid on the couch and caught up on my DVR…what I didn’t do was spend $9 on Coors Light from the tap and I didn’t stand in line for 20 minutes to use the bathroom while a bunch of jerkoffs cut the line by walking in through the exit door. I stayed at home, saved some cash and really didn’t think much about the NBA at all last night, and I imagine that’s pretty much par for the average NBA fan.”—I think Burnsy has it pretty much right…