Are You a Swifty?

I am. I think she's great.

And You?




1. No one under 90 has used "ROTFLMAO" since, like, 2010. 

2. The DNC is contributing to what's apparently wrong with music today? 

3. "less than mediocre" - enough said. 

4. Yes, for four pages - to which you've now contributed

5. Okay, boomer. 

i have no strong feelings on swift's music, which seems competent but unremarkable. her ungodly popularity, however is fascinating. last time she was in town for a concert we asked a bunch of her fans what her big appeal was and they all answered with some variation of "she's a good role model because she's noncontroversial and has never committed any crimes." which, when you think about it, is setting the bar pretty low.

@loomisjohnson The “she’s a role model” thing you said so many of her fans said when asked what was so appealing about Taylor Swift…I find that unfortunate.  
This notion of a celebrity being a “role model.”  That dog won’t hunt.  
Just another person, like the rest of us. Flawed like the rest of us.  
MLK? Jesus? Okay, if someone chose people like that as role models, I could dig it.  
A celebrity? That is kind of sad. For this idea to still be so rampant is indicative of a sick society. We seem to expect celebrities (from whatever occupation) to be “role models” more than we expect actual good-deed-doers to be role models.  
Remember that ‘90s commercial with Charles Barkley where he said, “I am not a role model. Parents should be role models. Just because I can dunk a basketball doesn’t mean I should raise your kids.” Yup, that pretty much sums it up.  
The idea that a cliche-spewing, milquetoast, 1950s idea of what a “good role model is, a ‘non-controversial’ (controversy?!?! Oh no!! Using your brain for five seconds?!!? Oh no!! Saying things that challenge inane conformity?!?! Oh no!!! We can’t have our kids learning about such things!!) person?  
Wow. That is really sad and does not bode well for our future if we are so fearful of something “different” and so crave mindless conformity.  

It’s hilarious when someone views an online forum thread as being so “beneath” them, and then goes out of their way to participate in it. 

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