Jimmy Buffett – Cheeseburger in Paradise
Question: As a nation, can we really take pride in American cheese? Is there something special about it or is it just another manifestation of our pasteurized, homogenized, pre-fabricated, lowest common denominator culture?
How can we be the greatest nation on earth when, in the last 25 years, the best we’ve been able to give the world is Britney Spears, Janet Jackson’s tit, Paris Hilton, The Backstreet Boys, and George W. Bush? Maybe we should call ourselves “The Redneck States of America” because we don’t get the joke. (Perhaps we are a bit too close to the punchline.) I think I understand why the French are laughing.
One of the greatest cultural gifts we’ve given the world was the Blues and we didn’t even realize we had it until the British gave it back to us in the form of Rock and Roll. Good Christian white people (with a few exceptions) wouldn’t listen to the Blues because it was black music and somehow evil. While our parents couldn’t tolerate us listening to Little Richard, the Pat Boone cover was okay. Yes, our love of homogenized, easy-to-chew culture goes back quite a long time. God bless you, Donny and Marie.
Why are we so shocked and threatened by things that most other cultures take in stride? Do we still wear the yoke of Puritanism? Are we so absorbed in the trivial that we are oblivious to the obvious?
Well, I saw my shadow so I’m going back into my hole for six more weeks of whatever.
- I can’t be a racist — I don’t follow NASCAR.
- If there were no God, there would be no atheists.