Friday, February 11, 2005
My friends all drive Porsches, I must make amends...
A contest to find the new Janis Joplin? Am I the only one who thinks this is a bad idea. Janis Joplin is an icon, and what happens to icons is that their image devolves into parody. They become nothing more than totems or paradigms, and are stripped of nuance. Look at Elvis, look at Marilyn Monroe. All they are is a pair sunglasses and a white dress, respsctively, and nothing more. So to find a new Janis Joplin means having to watch a bunch of people in hippie scarves screech songs they heard on her greatest hits. They could save a lot of money and make the metaphor explicit by filming people literally pissing on her grave.