Monday, December 17, 2007

Further Pussification

I recently discovered that my cable provider carries MoviePlex, which has a show called Musicology. This has actual music videos, which were something I thought had gone the way of the dodo since MTV discovered it's idiotic viewers were happy to live vicariously through the morons they plaster on TV.

So, I watch Musicology, and - surprise - am horrified. Of course, the music is not good (but at least it's not hip-hop). Mostly, it's a bunch of anxious teens whining about whatever.

But the thing that I found the most appalling was the pussification - or promotion of weakness and bitchiness - pretty much across the board. What I found interesting was that the vids geared toward girls were this way too! Hilary Duff was found to be a major offender; what a load she is.

But the onslaught of feminized males continues: Maroon 5, Coldplay, The Fray, of course, The Backstreet Boys (did anyone know they were still around?) and many others had this skinny-guy weakling thing going. Geez, no wonder we've got an onslaught of gays. Kids just don't have any role models and no clear way to go. (Before you go mental on me, do some reading on child development and the importance of strong role models, then flame away. A good place to start is with Erikson's stages of child development, particularly stage 5.)

I'll never forget a film quote relating to this; the film, "Young Man with a Horn," starring Kirk Douglas, the film fictionalized the life of troubled jazz trumpeter Bix Beiderbecke. Douglas is depressed, trying to find his way musically, driving himself literally to insanity. His pal, Hoagy Carmichael, finally tells him, "No one buys records for the music. You know who buys them? 12-year-old girls, so they can learn the words."

Mystery solved: The music industry caters to tween girls, and a lack of strong role models has our young men either becoming 12-year-old girls, or turning to trash like Marilyn Manson, et. al. Girls are endangered, too - without strong role models in music (Ann Wilson, where are you now that we need you?), they remain weak children rather than strong adult women. Who wants to have a daughter turn out like Anna Nicole Smith or Paris Hilton?

So music is more screwed up than ever, with ramifications that no one wants.

Oregon Atty Gen'l Has a Pair

PC World - Oregon Challenges RIAA's Tactics in Music Piracy Claim:
"The state Attorney General's office this week filed an appeal in U.S. District Court in Oregon calling for an immediate investigation of the evidence presented by the RIAA when it subpoenaed the identities of 17 students at the University of Oregon who allegedly infringed music copyrights. It is the second time in a month that Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers has resisted attempts by the RIAA to force the university to turn over the names of individuals it says shared music illegally.

"...Myers' move raises fundamental -- and overdue -- questions about the tactics used by the RIAA in its campaign against alleged music pirates, [ Ray Beckerman, a New York-based lawyer] said. "The RIAA has been bringing fake copyright infringement lawsuits, the sole purpose of which is to get the names and addresses of John Does," he said. They then drop the case and try to pressure these individuals into settling based on dubious evidence at best, he said.

"In a 15-page brief filed Wednesday, Oregon's assistant attorney general, Katherine Von Ter Stegge, said that while it is appropriate for victims of copyright infringement to pursue statutory remedies, that pursuit had to "tempered by basic notions of privacy and due process."


Bad Dad: Dad Sells Son's Guitar Hero III for $9,000 After He Catches Him Smoking Dope:
"A 15-year-old Canadian had his hard-to-find Christmas gift taken off him before he'd even had the chance to unwrap it. After the teen was caught smoking a spliff, his father retaliated by flogging his Wii copy of Guitar Hero III: Legends Of Rock he'd lined up for his son's Christmas present on eBay, netting him over $9,000 in the process."

Zebron and James