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08:23 am - on Justin Timberlake's great contribution to the recording industry...

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[User Picture]From: beststephi Date: September 10th, 2003 - 09:01 am (Link)
I wonder how much of the Justin/Britney "phenomenon" is a result of the media forcing them down our throats. Almost any moderately decent song can be catchy if you hear it enough times, and almost any moderately attractive person can become popular if they're given enough exposure.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 10th, 2003 - 09:23 am (Link)
not true... well, not totally true anyway. That's just my point. Take for instance Mariah Carey's Glitter album. Or Ben & J.Lo's new movie, Gigli. All the media machine in the world can't help crap. People who like alternatives to popular norms like to complain saying that "If my favorite band X had the kind of marketing that popular band Y has, they'd be huge" but that simply isn't true. You get that backing by someone looking at you and thinking you have mass appeal. That's why Britney Spears is Britney Spears and Bilie Piper is who?

On the other hand, I do agree that say Justin Timberlake isn't just a one-man show. There are a lot of people who put a lot of hard work into creating what has become Justin Timberlake (or Elvis). And they needed to attach that work to the person with the goods to deliver. All the marketing in the world is never going to Make Tori Amos a pop star. She tried it. She just doesn't have the right attitude, look, or talents. On the other hand she is brilliant at what she does. And luckily, she's happier that way.

Given its quicker turnover, its easier to see this kinda thing at work in pro-wrestling. WWE has given Billy Gunn and Albert/A-train every gimmick in the world, and the fans just never really get into them. They are both talented. They are both strong looking, They just don't have IT. Whatever IT is. And no matter how much Vince McMahon shoves them down people's throats, the people don't seem to care. Then you have say Jeff Hardy who blew spots, had a drug problem that was affecting his work, and was booked in many losing matches, and the fans loved him no matter what he did. Same thing with the Rock who can only show up to work 2 shows a year and people will rave about him.

To look at it another way. Compare Justin to George W. Bush. An unassuming guy, not necessarilly the sharpest knife in the drawer, but put the right machine behind him, and you have yourself an electable president. But no amount of money, media-hype, or campaigning is ever going to put Michael Dukakis in office.
[User Picture]From: mamarayne Date: September 10th, 2003 - 09:36 am (Link)
Maybe Michael just didn't know he could have won if he had used all of those resources and cheated too.
[User Picture]From: chrismaverick Date: September 10th, 2003 - 11:09 am (Link)
Nah... I doubt it. Dukakis was pretty much totally unelectable. If Gore vs. Bush was the political equivalent of Lennox Lewis vs. Evander Holyfeld, then Dukakis vs. Regan was Mike Tyson vs. Peter McNeely. Even Don King couldn't fix that fight.

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