Phenomenon of Lady Gaga – inspiration or substitute? by Misha Lyuve

Mar 2, 2011
“Once you learn how to think about art, you can teach yourself” – lady Gaga

Lady Gaga has been called outrageous, shocking and extreme. Catholic League decried her videos, while University of South Carolina recently introduced a course “Lady Gaga and the Sociology of the Fame”. Her fans think she is a genius; her critics call her names.

While current pop roll is featuring catchier tunes, better lyrics, more memorable voices and prettier women – none of these things by themselves make Gaga a star, but what does is her immense strive for being self expressed. Isn’t that what roaring crowds are starving for?? They go mad because someone displays what they don’t – self expression. And why don’t they? – they are too lazy, too scared, too busy, don’t know how or just don’t believe they can.

Gaga admits being inspired by many artists and it shows in her work. But one thing is to be inspired by someone, the other is to use others’ expression as a substitute for one’s own need to be expressed.

…And the crowd roared for blood and spectacle! 

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  1. Hari

    i love lady gaga, but i wasn’t really sure what she was ryitng to do when i watched the vma’s. at first, i just assumed that she was ryitng to show her diversity as a performer. then she just started embarrassing herself. the choreography was pretty good, but that was when she was actually doing what you could tell was a planned part of the routine. other than that, it was just really strange. it could’ve been really cool, but she took it too far. i like the concept of the alter ego, but the alter ego gaga chose was just psychotic and a little too crude for my taste. i’m not a prude, and i expect that kind of behavior at mtv events, but not to that extreme.