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The Tale of Miley Cyrus in the Words of Allan Bloom…

"But rock music has one appeal only, a barbaric appeal, to sexual desire - not love, not eros, but sexual desire undeveloped and untutored."

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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August 28, 2013 - 7:31 am
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Oddly enough, Allan Bloom died the same year Miley was born.

Once there lived a professor by the name of Allan Bloom (1930-1992). He wrote a book called The Closing of the American Mind. In this book published in 1987 he studied various aspects of youth culture, including rock music, through the lens of the great philosophers. Gather round, dear readers, as I present to you the words of Allan Bloom as illustrated by the musical artist and former Disney child star Miley Cyrus.

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I will listen to Dark Side of the Moon over Pacific 231 any time no matter how many turdy professors tell me to do otherwise. I have been called an accomplished musician by some although I am not a professional. My taste in music is wide: from opera, classical, rhythm and blues, jazz, etc. One dislike: rap purely for musical and aesthetic reasons. I do not consider Madonna, Gaga, etc. music worthy of my ears. As for the kind of entertainment this little daughter of Gomorrah perpetrates it is not worthy of any attention in my opinion. Those who pay to see her are obviously people with some kind of mental dysfunction. Sadly we do not have public indecency laws anymore.
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Bloom was a prescient man who had much to say about the decline of American culture and mores that was spot-on. He was also especially focused on the decline of intellectual rigor. And he was mostly wrong about rock music.
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I had to quit reading half way through. While I would never claim that rock music is high art, I would also never call it merely a barbaric expression of raw sexuality. Some of it is about sex, some of it isn't. I certainly don't feel my hormones surging when I listen to Pink Floyd's "Time" or Coldplay's "Viva la Vida."

Bloom sounds like one of those old geezers who were afraid of jazz and rock because they had something to do with "primitive jungle rhythms" - things they associated with black people and sex. He should have listened more and written less.

As for Cyrus, her antics reminded me of - well, pretty much what she is: an immature girl trying to get attention. The sad thing is, whether we like it or not, she succeeded.

Madonna, Gaga, Cyrus - attention whores. But attention = $$$.
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There's another child star who is all grown up.

She was in movies like Dreamer, I am Sam, and she was the voice of Coraline.

Here name's Dakota Fanning and she's now 19-years-old.

Her new movie is Night Moves that debuted August 31 at the Venice Film Festival.

So far there are not paparazzi photos of Dakota tearing apart a hotel room or driving drunk.

The question is: Can she and will she keep up a clean and sober lifestyle to be a better role model than some of her thespian peers?

Let's hope so. Some of the most profitable customers for theaters are large families that buy lots of tickets, such as Catholics, Mormons, and Homeschooling families.

So even if just for business reasons, isn't it logical to live a wholesome lifestyle?

Besides, it would take too much time and energy to compete with, no less surpass the ongoing bad behavior of Lindsay Lohan and Miley Cyrus.

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46 weeks ago
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Y'all a bunch of Blue Meanies as far as I can see,
an MTV dancer is something to be.
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He's absolutely right, and very few Americans, including evangelical Christians, will admit it.

Rock music has been devastating for America, and every other culture that has embraced it. There is nothing good about it. It appeals to, and cultivates and feeds, the lowest part of human nature. It defiles, it degrades, and does so regardless of the lyrics.
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Well said, Mark v.
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"It defiles, it degrades, and does so regardless of the lyrics."

So if we take "Amazing Grace" or "Ave Maria" and set the lyrics to a good beat with an electric guitar they become degrading and defiling? What kind of insane superstition is that?
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Although it defies categorization, the work that Frank Zappa did was, indeed, high art in my opinion.
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The sketch had all the appeal of a Czech underage porn film. It wasn’t arty or dangerous or particularly good; a three-second Janet Jackson wardrobe malfunction beat it in all three categories by years.... Miley Cyrus’ performance was street-level lewd. Just tawdry. It was Eddie Murphy cruising Devine Brown on Santa Monica Blvd., except in primetime. It was 8 mm kiddy porn.
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Indeed. There are now (as I guess there always have been) those sad souls unable to distinguish between "sexy" and "sleazy".
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The music today is not the Rock I grew up with. Still listen to rock, and I am considered old.
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Who's the guy on the runway with the kid?
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Bettlejuice ;)
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The "closing of the American mind" came about through Modernism/Postmodenism and the effort to chase the shadows of God out of the caves of philosophy, as one wag put it. Allan knew this, but interestingly he was much more eager to lay it on the line when it came to things like rock & roll.
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Bloom was mostly right about rock music. Rock is one of today's Sacred Cows. Criticism of rock's value provokes all kinds of extreme, thoughtless, often vicious responses from people across the political spectrum. That's ironic, since rock is often presented as a music of rebellion. Instead of a music of rebellion, it is now in-your-face mainstream music, impossible to avoid while pumping gas, eating in restaurants, walking down sidewalks, etc.

Rock is worshipped--literally and almost literally--by countless people. Rock concerts and the latest Big Movie are a bit like worship services to many westerners now.

One of Bloom's important points, quoted above, was "Today, a very large proportion of young people between the ages of ten and twenty live for music. It is their passion; nothing else excites them as it does; they cannot take seriously anything alien to music." Today, I would change that quote to "a very large proportion of people, young, middle-aged, and old...." This situation doesn't say good things about our culture.
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oh, goodness....the poor girl has cellulite. that's what she showed to the world.

A 20 year old with cellulite. Tsk, tsk, tsk. A real 20 year old stripper wouldn't have legs like that.

It's about like all the grandmas who crochet who call themselves "happy hookers." Eww. Just Ewww.

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She is not an attractive female. Teeth too big, legs too skinny, ears like a DeLorean, no curves to speak of..."gawky" is the word that comes to mind. Like a fourteen year old who hasn't quite bloomed. The whole performance looked like a bad Youtube video, which may be the benchmark of quality for kids her age.
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MftI: So this would've been o.k. if she WAS an "attractive female" who has already "bloomed"? wth?! WHY is this kind of crap on TV at all, directed straight at kids? (and mostly tweens, at that) If I wanna see this kind of disgusting act, I'll make a trip to the local sleazy stripper club. Oh, wait -- all strip clubs are sleazy ... and sad. Just sad.

Is it *really* thru R&R that we've arrived at the point that the biggest virtues one can ... um, flaunt in public are 1) exercise & health-conscious, and willing to brag about both at the drop of a hat, and 2) "just do it", "do your own thing", "be yourself", and the inimitable "let it all hang out"? I'd suggest R&R is just another sympton of the disease called Post-Modernism.
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