I don’t generally take to this blog to talk about these kinds of things, but since I’m off Facebook, this is my outlet ;)
I stumbled across this video while looking for old Dolly Parton performances (yes, I do things like that). And I was struck by the artistry and talent of this young woman. This is a cover, but the lyrics are oddly prescient.
This video has about 3 million views to the 250-odd million that her more notorious videos have. It makes me think. If we all clicked on, talked about, wrote about, paid money to see – this, this is likely what would prevail in pop culture. Not that this is everybody’s taste – I’m just saying, if we celebrated artistry instead of stunts and autoexploitation, the industry would follow the dollar. It’s oh-so-easy to jump on the judgement band wagon, but in doing so, we ratchet up the views on those videos that we’re clicking on just so we can shake our fingers at them, we generate buzz, we consume the paper-thin media coverage of these “events”. In short, even as we complain, we make the very things we criticize profitable.
Brings to mind and old saying:
“I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.”
I’m not saying Miley wouldn’t still do her thang. But she’d be free to do it for her own sake, not because an industry demands it, along with a nation of armchair critics, however unwittingly they do so. And we’d be free to enjoy what’s good and just not freak out about what we don’t like. That just all seems better to me.