Okay, so what is it with Brad Paisley? He likes to do cultural criticism, doesn’t he. I just heard his new song “Online” on the radio. It’s much like his “Celebrity” from a couple years ago. The first satirizes people who assume fake online personalities, while the second satirizes the cult of celebrity — or, rather, how celebrity brings out the worst in celebrities.
But in the first he makes fun of the pizza delivery guy, the stereotypical trekkie who lives with his mother and who “never got to second base.” And in the second he makes fun of a similar stereotype: the guy who longs to be a singer, but can’t quit his job at the dairy queen (at least that part shows up in the video if not the recording).
I have to admit, the videos are funny (William Shatner is hilarious). And the songs do make fun of two definite foibles (fake personas and bratty celebrities). But I wish Brad hadn’t thrown in this idea that the laughable ones include the nerds, even the average Joes, who try to buy into society’s superficial values. It’s just a turn off. There’s enough of the ridiculous among the “big guys” in society to keep us laughing for centuries, so…
Or, maybe I’m over-reacting.
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Well, I’ve been here at OSU for a week, and this is the first post I’ve made! Ah well… My first few days here, to be honest, I was plagued by an icy anxiety. But, fortunately, every day the air feels warmer and that demon is drying up and fading away. Mostly now I do a lot of smiling about how lucky I am to get to devote two years to making myself a good writing/rhetoric scholar and teacher. hee hee :-)