Thursday, June 10, 2010
Deconstructing the spectacle with Lady Gaga.
Deconstruction isn't about destruction, and it isn't about rendering everything meaningless. Gaga is engaging in a deconstructive performance of the pop star, but this doesn't amount to Gaga erasing the pop star. Rather, she demonstrates how fame is something created and costumed and declared, just like many aspects of contemporary identity. I think her performance is more of a commentary on contemporary society and the role of the spectacle therein, rather than a destroying of anything within that society. Lady Gaga doesn't announce the death of the pop star; she demonstrates the strength of the spectacle in our culture.
Plus, understanding Gaga at the mirror stage.
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