on popular culture – by warren kinsella

It just doesn’t get any worse: “Popular culture — and American Idol is nothing if not popular –is like that. It is a commodity: base, venal and without a soul. Carefully contrived by Hollywood (or some related industry) to be hawked to the largest number of consumers, popular culture is all about maximizing profits, not expanding refinement. It does not aspire to be art.”

This comment comes from Warren Kinsella, a Liberal lawyer from ‘back east’, a well known political figure here in Canada. He is sort of the Liberal ‘Karl Rove’, at least that’s my perception of his former political involvement. There are certainly many areas where Kinsella and I will disagree, but I read him regularly. He writes well and knows a good bit concerning politics and culture. This comment was particularly striking to me.

The National Post page where this quote came from will only be available for a short time, so if you want to read more, you probably should make a copy for yourself.

Don Johnson
Jer 33.3