<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by serge urtizberea:<BR><B>Right now, I'm watching the new Simpsons episode. A music exec is recruiting Bart, Milhouse, Ralph, and Nelson for a new boy band. Never mind the fact that none of them has any singing talent! Never mind that none of them can compose or hold a pitch! They're being recruited because of their "look". The best part so far is when the four are trying out new lyrics and they sound like crap. Luckily, the exec has a synthesizer and he uses it to completely alter and "sexify" the boys' voices. Hy-larious! N'Sync guest stars as themselves today on the show, but they must not be aware of the irony, or don't care. There is nothing nearly as satirical as this show on television right now, even after 12 seasons. God help us when this show goes off the air!<P>The episode was not trying to fully draw light to the fact it takes nothing more than sex appeal to become a popstar these days. While there's nothing entirely wrong with that... clearly, the idea of having talent is certainly falling into less and less importance. If you want to effect a radical change in the content of the mass public's Discmans and car stereos, you'll need to do it the "proper" way: you need to acculturalize c.m. the way p.m. is done. There's not much point trying to convert the older stratum of the population; they will not easily be swayed. Advertisers know this, and they also know the future consumers of the world are the little kiddies who pressure their parents to eat at Mickey D's and buy Pokemon (or Digimon, now?) and the 18-34 demographic that is obsessed with conformity. That is where the big bucks are spent, and where the greatest possiblity to affect mass culture lies. So... we just need to convince the big ad spenders that c.m. is profitable. Is that possible? Well, if they can popularize milk by having supermodels and athletes crow about its benefits, then there is hope. Always have hope. <P>[This message has been edited by serge urtizberea (edited 02-25-2001).]</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Yeah, well, there is only one solution to this problem, Serge:<P>Yvan Eht Nioj.
<P>Actually, I think Nelson plays the guitar. He sang for Lisa once. I think he has the potential to be a great tenor, if he'll just wake up and smell the roses. But I think he'll just say "Smell you later."<P>Bob<p>[This message has been edited by Bob the Composer (edited 03-03-2001).]