La Blogothque is a perfect example of Sturken and Cartwright's notion that "high and low culture have been rendered meaningless." (p. 87) In contrast to the expensive and much more "glamorous" music videos made today, the economic and non-cutting-edge technology used in these "Take away shows" are "previously a signifier of a counter cultural status" that are now becoming much more popular.
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The beginning of the end of high and low culture
In the land of La Blogotheque, a Parisian-based music weblog, long gone are the days of glittery music videos with extensive dance numbers and special effects. The videos posted on La Blogotheque's website and Youtube channel are bits of raw footage of musicians performing in makeshift locations in Paris, such as a hallway, the sidewalk along the Seine River, or on a a random bench. The quality of these videos, also known as "Take Away Shows" are not much higher then that of my own digital camera. Some of the shots are shaky and the background is filled with noise from the daily bustle of the streets of Paris. Regardless of the quality, these videos deliver exactly what we want from musicians: talent.