Saturday, December 19, 2009
Even the snobbiest snobs have a few Célines in their closets.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
See you on the flipside!
The Norton Anthology of American Literature (7th edition; Volumes C, D, E), edited by Nina Baym
Annie Proulx's Postcards
Manuel Muñoz's Zigzagger
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
40 years later, we are having trouble with this theory because of the emergence of "No-Brow" tastes that can't be classified into high or low society
Looking at your own Habitus and tastes, do you believe that this old system has collapsed with the emergence of the "omnivore" or the person who balances high culture with popular culture, or is Bourdieu still as right as ever? Is this the modern "reneissance man"?
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
When talking about Celine Dion we all tend to agree that she has an extraordinary voice and vocal talent but that her songs are laking. I wonder if she only sang acapella that we might like her more.
In today's society, with the emergence of technology like autotune, its becoming more apparent that you do not need to have actual God given talent to be a good musical artist. If a singer is tone deaf all you have to do is put their voice into a computer and it will sound good enough to be sold in stores.
Here is a commercial for a new american idol type competition that in the spirit of Foucaut is resisting the norm of today's music to bring it back to pure talent. Its one thing to miss a note with a full band behind you but its another when your voice is the band.
So why is it that we condemn Celine for not being a good artist when her vocal talent is undeniable but celebrate an artist like Miley Cyrus whos vocals are completely dependent on a computer.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Celine is certainly one of the most successful rags to riches story of our generation, so why is it that she is so hated almost as if she is a spoiled socialite (The White House State Dinner crashers anyone?) Is it because, as Wilson suggests in chapter 6, she appears so narcissistic and does not "hold back" or is it a different reason? Is it because her singing is so generic and lifeless? Why is Celine Dion a pariah and not a success story?
Celine Dion Goes Crazy
Most Wanted Song
Most Unwanted Song