American Idolatry

By Terry Sawyer

1 July 2005

Bad Hair and Rad Fashion: How a Jaded Hipster Can Heart Idol and Keep His Lengthy

A world weary music critic admits his guilt-free love of AI.

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Under the Table and Scheming: American Idol and the New Payola

Gibron considers AI as a blip in the grand historical tradition of corporate music trash.

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Middle-American Idol

Idol's secret fan base is really parents pawning their love for the show on unimpressed children.

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American Idol and the Myth of Democratic Taste

American Idol exemplifies the illusory power of voting when the system's core values are rigged. See also, American elections.

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Mirror, Mirror, Cell Phone Call

On American Idol, complacently average Americans can cast cathartic votes for their favorite dork contestant to heal their inner ugly duckling. But don't mistake the winners for actual artists.

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//Mixed media

Con Brio: The Best New Live Band in America?

// Notes from the Road

"There’s a preciousness to McCarter and the rest of the mostly young band. You want to freeze the moment, to make sure they are taking it all in too. Because it’s going to change.

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