January 29, 2004

Derek at Poplife takes up the Poptimist theme:

'I think the rock critic can forget how intertextual pop is. People don't just buy the CD, they see it on TV, hear it in the corner shop, read about it in Heat. The cultural temperature in pop is always hot, unlike scenes at the periphary which suddenly feel themselves becoming isolated.'

The Heating of Pop was part of what I was getting at before. The relentless hyping of Pop, its opening out into gossip and celebrity, produces a heat, but the artificial heat of consumer-media-synergy, not the heat of cultural/ social energy.

Posted by mark at January 29, 2004 03:17 PM | TrackBack