Pop culture is fascinating. Of course, all human things are so; man is endlessly interesting. We should expect no less from a creature made in the image and likeness of God. From his most transcendent pursuits like philosophy to his glorious deeds throughout history to the quirky and mundane aspects of his life such as his tastes in footwear and his ways of eating, man is an object worth examining. So, I am not ashamed to admit curiosity about such lowbrow topics as popular culture. Besides, it is all around us.
Watching movies, television shows, commercials, and music videos from the last century of moving images provides an entertaining outlet for amateur anthropology. Popular music especially makes me wonder how it was that Victorian society could transform into the Age of the Beatles, Elvis, and Madonna. Plus, I get to indulge my partisan tendencies in wondering what on earth “those folks” were thinking back in 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. The bewilderment continues, but I do not consider current freak shows to represent the present moment. I suppose that it is wrong to interpret the 80’s through the examples of Duran Duran videos, too, but it is just too tempting. A culture that produces Boy George and Prince deserves some belittlement. But, hey, I like “Karma Chameleon” and “Raspberry Beret” just like everyone else.
One interesting example of weird but catchy pop cult is the Buggle’s one hit wonder, “Video Killed the Radio Star.” The late 70’s video is a bit odd (that woman), but it pioneered the new art. Plus, you get to see film score composer Hans Zimmer as a young fellow in the video (he’s the black suited one on the keyboards in front of the big equipment). Sehr toll.
It is geeky but charming in its own way . . .