Miley is the richest bad singer I know of. Oh wait. Madonna won that award in the early 80s. (Though to her credit, she did at least improve her
singing over time.)
Actually I have to thank Madonna because it was thanks to her I quit listening to pop radio and then discovered, to my joy and horror, that apparently
rock-folk-pop radio had 'split' since the 70s and I'd been missing some of the best music EVER (like Rush) for years while I was unhappily
suffering through inane pop stars instead.
I instantly got the spoon reference BBob and I loved
that stupid movie.
Alan Rickman is awesome.
I tried to seriously consider your point OP. I mean, about this being a sort of intentional, "designers underneath society" thing, deliberately
shifting the innocence of youth into a morally depraved state.
I can't really speak to there being such an effort /entities/ whatever since that's not really my focus, but since this is your thread, just for the
sake of argument I'm taking that at face value and thinking what-if.
I loved C.S. Lewis's "The Screwtape Letters" that I read when I was around 19, when I read his trilogy "Perelandra." I thought many of the points
he made in TSL were really good points and I suppose, though more 'nefariously' you're kind of on the same line of thought here.
After pondering it a bit I had to conclude:
1. I would like to think that if our youth is morally depraved it's become some evil underlord is plotting it. Sadly, I think there are so many good
and practical explanations for why our youth are morally depraved that Mr. Evil even if he has that job, probably has the Easiest. Job. Ever. Now
whether Mr. E. is behind some of those good and practical explanations is a separate question... maybe.
2. I don't think it's altogether fair to blame Miley's parents. I grew up around a ton of people with good parents, and to include a lot of
preacher's kids (though they're often the worst), who were hellions and sluts of either gender at a far younger age than Miley displayed it.
Actually by the time she started displaying it she was of legal age I think. Also, she spent her life traveling around the world in the entertainment
industry. I don't care how good her parents were, there is no way you can totally shield someone from the effects of that. She is of legal age, and
whether she were in uniform shooting people in the middle east or barely clad on stage singing about sex or any other possible career she might have,
she is responsible for herself. I mean ATS is filled with threads of people who want to make 13 year olds tried in court as adults, but somehow if an
18-20 year old woman wants to be sexy it's her parents' fault.
3. I think your general concept, of leading youth from one thing to another, could probably be equally applied to the males in our culture. While
Miley is entraining girlfans to be sexy, are others entraining boyfans to be violent?
I think sexuality and violence have a valid place in society and are not necessarily bad things depending on context, but I would agree that the
entertainment world makes them into bad things usually. Actually if there is any industry to assign Mr. E. to underlording it's that one.
4. When my daughter (now 17) was a small child, BRATZ dolls were the rage. They are hybrid-alien hooker dolls -- oh wait. They are fantasy unbarbies,
sorry, my mistake.
I would say the effort to force sexuality into younger girls is alive and well completely aside from the music industry.
5. I think, aside from the generic "for the money" explanation, that there is a larger thing but it's still in that genre. If you recall the show
"the great rock & roll scandal" -- about how punk rock was essentially just a marketing uniform, marketed to rebellious youths so they could feel
rebellious, but it was just as much marketing and a uniform as anything else (I might add that the occult vs. organized religion is pretty much the
same thing IMO, the net to catch those outliers who would deviate too far from the organized norms) -- in the end it's all about marketing, which is
a long-term and medium-term plan, not just short-term, and "bringing the existing consumers along" into the new market is an important financial
Marketing-product Taylor Swift seems to be on a similar road I might add. Sad, I kind of liked some of her folksy-country-pop songs (like 'cold as
you', 'invisible') but her current pop album lost all character and while there's still some shreds of attempt-at-purity (high white collar -- and
short shorts lol) the new wave (like this www.youtube.com...
at 1:15 for example) makes the direction it's going clear.
I have sometimes thought, similar to your theory OP, that the "the destruction of heroes and ideals" in our culture seems so effective that it may
as well be intentional. Don't know that it is though. Culturally I think we have just... dissolved.