A coworker sent this email this morning:
For those of you who didn’t see the broadcast, one-third of last evening’s 60 Minutes was devoted to Anderson Cooper (CNN) interviewing Lady Gaga. During that interview she TWICE described herself as a student of the “sociology of celebrity.” I know nothing about her but from last night’s interview it is clear she has made a serious study of how to make people see what she wants them to see and not see what she doesn’t want them to see, among other things. This seems to tie into Mathieu Deflem’s course at the University of South Carolina, the first of its kind focusing on her and the sociology of celebrity.
Lady Gaga calls herself a “Master of the Art of Fame.” The calculated outrageousness of Lady Gaga isn’t anything new really. Someone who shows up on stage plastic wrapped in meat is banking on the shock factor. And it’s that persona that transcends anything she does as a musician. But in reality, she’s not the first Master of the Art of Fame, especially in the eyes of fringe audiences. In a more crass manner, ex-Sex Pistols manager, the late Malcom Maclaren, was already writing the book on that (see … The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle). Even he wasn’t the first.
*Sorry, but the sharing Nazi’s at CBS prevent me from embedding the video here, but click the link above to see the interview.