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Rebecca Black: Criticism Not PC

Over the past week, a thirteen year old girl has gained internet stardom due to a "song" she put up on YouTube. I will not link to the "song" because I do not wish you to blame me for stealing that portion of your life away from you, and strongly suggest ignoring the possible itch to Google it. Just know that with its wit in lyrics such as "tomorrow is Saturday and Sunday comes afterwards" and "we we we so excited" and autotuning so severe it makes the Black Eyed Peas and the stars of Glee look like great singers, the song is really not worth your time. Thus, understandably, its 22 million views on YouTube have shown one of the largest public backlashings that the website has ever seen. Parodies making fun of it went up within hours and continue to increase, and most other serious music types who have looked at the thing have declared it to be an unintentional parody in and of itself.

Neverminding the fact that the song includes an 8th grader talking about partying on a weekend, getting into a convertible driven by a similarly-aged boy, attending said party with other 8th graders seemingly absent of parental supervision, and being followed by a much-older adult who is eerily singing about this girl and following a school bus, the folks of Good Morning America have quickly come to Rebecca Black's defense. The almost-universal criticism of the girl's video is not the result of the girl's poor tastes or bad parenting, but rather the epitome of cyberbullying, according to ABC, and people should just back off and be nice because she is only a child. Even though this is a self-centered "Me Generation" video with such a lack of skill it can make Bieber Fever look like a good alternative, it's mean and hurtful to call it such.

Well, Ms. Black's parents--who forked over the money to have the fancy video shot and the auotuning done (I hope they did not pay for the garbage lyrics too)--should have thought about that before allowing their daughter to put something like that on the Internet. They were asking for it; apparently they are making money off of it on iTunes, which seems to amount to exploitation of their daughter for financial gain. Though, per that interview, it seems the whole thing was a ploy to get a date with Justin Bieber. Again, one has to wonder what her parents were thinking. Now, if you'll pardon me, I have to go make my mind up whether I prefer kickin' in the front seat or sittin' in the back seat.
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Eric Molnar and I both agree it is horrible but absolutely excellent.

Someone bothered to do something creative, it features guitar and a piano, and a bunch of folks saying yeah! It is honest and says something about how people her age think about time. I say good for Rebecca Black.

It is somewhat funny that she is a prop for cultural preaching. (what am I doing?)

You know Cyberbulling is the new push in education law anyways. The idea somewhat Hegelian/Jane Radin that the teen has part of his/her consciousness and personhood invested in the internet representation.

If I wanted to I could toss in Heiddeger, It is being in time and the "technological dimensions of freedom" in America! But there is no real existential need to invest a youtube video with such a forced point.

It will be okay, experts don't need to sell the book that badly do they?

What I wanna know is why an 8th grader wants to party so much? Or is the next generation really that bad? The only party's that were available to me when I was in 8th grade was the lame in-school ones and a friends birthday party... No where near the level of party shown in Rebecca's video. The party looked liked it should be filled with highschoolers that would be a few years older than 13.

Though the part where she is supposed to wait for her bus goes out the door when her underage 13 year old friends come driving up in a car, that no sane parent would ever allow there kids to drive until they were the proper age, and promptly gets in without much thought to anything other than if she wants to sit in the front or the back seats...

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