Here’s a letter from a reader, which brings up some issues that are ripe for discussion:
When is somebody in the media going to come out and say it? Glee has sold out. What started as a smart, irreverent, comedy musical in the style of Moulin Rouge has devolved into High School Musical. Nothing this season has even come close to the chill-inducing Don’t Stop Believing or Somebody to Love. Passionate group numbers have been replaced with live action music videos lacking substance and heart. Instead of culling from classic songs from every era, they’re now bombarding us with redundant covers of current radio hits. Worse, we’re being forced to endure the stunning Lea Michele sounding like a chipmunk on an original song Hannah Montana would reject as lame. It’s clear creativity has taken a back seat so they can focus on iTunes sales, the Tween market, and celebrity guest stars who get more solos in single episodes than some cast members get all season. (Poor Jenna Ushkowitz.) If Glee wants to keep its adult fans, it needs to go back to re-inventing and re-introducing classic hits and showtunes to a new generation. Older fans will feel nostalgic, younger fans will get new music. Its win/win.
“At this very moment, our Libyan brothers are suffering the agony of another age. Hundreds of victims have fallen under bullets, heavy arms and war planes. It is a genuine industry of extermination that has been unleashed. We must stand up to it, as any conscious individual would, and do everything to stop this massacre.
Gaddafi is capable of anything: he is setting tribes against one another, activating his militia and using an army of foreign mercenaries. This man has lost all sense of humanity.
The political parties which co-sign this statement urgently call on the governments of the Maghreb and international authorities to do everything to halt this revolting massacre which will remain engraved as a disgraceful stain on the collective memory.” [AJE Live Blog]
I wonder how much easier it would be to address the issues of sex and reproduction if we trace them back to their roots in a young adult’s world view. I envy all of my friends who waited to lose their virginity with someone they actually loved because it’s a chilling reminder of the time that I…
THIS. Probably the most logical thing I’ve heard/read this month.