Thursday, April 23, 2009
I found a new, awesome website today and you all need to check it out- onearticleperday.com
It led me to "Why the West is Boyle'd", an article about Scottish overnight sensation, Susan Boyle from the Asia Times Online. This is an Eastern perspective on this current Western obsession.
Here's a blurb:
Churlish resentment of high culture comes from the slacker's desire for reward with neither merit nor effort: the sort of artistic skill that requires years of discipline and sacrifice is a reproach to the indolence of the popular audience of the West. Better voices than Boyle's can be found in a thousand choirs and amateur theatricals, but the crowd has embraced this late-hatching Scottish songbird as a symbol of its own aspirations.
There's no doubt about it- Americans (and pretty much Western civilization in general) live in a bubble...a big, powerful bubble, but a bubble still. So it's interesting to get another take on all this mumbo jumbo we so easily get caught up in and distracted by.