NPR’s Ann Powers makes a lot more sense of out the Cyrus video than I was able to in this insightful, if long, article from last week.

Take this byte for example:

…when the self become a selfie — when people start approaching themselves and others as things, to be posed, bartered or possessed, rather than as beings with rich and infinitely various inner lives —morality becomes destabilized, making it difficult to determine the difference between a playful risk and real one, or even between violation and fun.

OK, so now what?

I haven’t seen Spring Breakers yet, but plan to soon.
I think my stalling is partly because I’ve pulled away from the mindless party I used to justify as adventure necessary to the artist’s experience. Maybe it was, but it’s not now and since I’ve committed to take a more mindful path of spiritual practice and discipline, watching this kind of line-walking “fun” is almost painful.

People need to reach their own conclusions on their own timeline. I get that. But maybe it wouldn’t hurt if we, all of us, this society, could just press pause for a minute and examine what we really want to get out of this life and what our responsibilities are to ourselves and each other, and what is the best way to go about getting there. You know before we burn up our potential in a hazy cloud of imitation and hangovers of dissatisfaction.

-ag

via When Pop Stars Flirt With Bad Taste : The Record : NPR.

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