Is it just me, or are “celebrities” going the extra mile these days to get our attention? This nouveau art in which Lady Gaga parades around my screen covered only by crime-scene tape; Erykah Badu strips bare in the streets in the name of “evolution” and M.I.A. assaults my gag reflex with bloody scenes of children being rounded up and shot.
Have we become so used to near-nakedness, to violence, to injustice that only shock-and-awe-type videos can get our attention? Or maybe it’s about our attention spans – they only get 3 minutes of our precious time, and we must be made to remember, we must want to watch again?
What happened to inspiring us with wisdom? To provoking the world with wit? Now it’s all ass and tits – in our videos, in our
cinemas, in our homes, in our heads. It seems as if the more injustice we see; the more resolutely we hold on to our apathy; the thicker we pile on our skin….
Or maybe being at the edge of civilization means teetering on the edge of reason. All the “real” revolutions and heroes and emotions have come and gone before our time and we’re so desperate to feel something, but we’re numbed. And our senses, struck dumb by time, can only scream “More!” More violence, full-frontal nudity and gore!
P.S: I would post the M.I.A video for your viewing (pleasure?), but it was banned from YouTube.