Culturebroker Radio: Values and Media
Our culture is lousy with content. So many things are being created that it is an actual full time job just to experience it even a small part of it let alone critique it. Critical cultural curation is more important than ever. Who has time to watch stuff they hate? Today, it’s all about word-of-mouth from people you trust. Not people you know, mind you… Your friends utterly terrible at knowing what’s any good and even worse at knowing what’s good for you.
Luckily, there is a through-line of sorts throughout media, art and humanity connects us despite ourselves. It is our values that lay the foundation for the feeling behind every decision we make. Whenever we feel triumphant or terrible afterward is always a result of our decisions aligning with our values. My father calls it a “personal philosophy about life,” Rod Tidwell called it “the Quan.” How we see, create, and even enjoy the world is a direct reflection of what means the most to us.
On this episode of Culturebroker Radio, Lola Bakare and I discuss the context of values in a variety of films, television programs, and music before going to a more personal conversation about our own values. Interestingly, we were prompted to discussion by Rihanna’s recent release of the Bitch Better Have My Money video. It’s amazing how a song I found terribly annoying and devoid of substance is an anthem of empowerment to the person across from me. Even more amazing is how later on, after watching the BBHMM video, my entire position on the song shifted. The video in particular is quite simply a well realized, visceral and intelligent piece of short filmmaking. In my mind, “BBHMM” has gone from ‘commercially focused schlock’ to ‘magnificent artistic vision that I was just simply unable to connect with.’ Kudos to directors Rihanna and Megaforce for an excellent showing behind the camera. And props for getting naked breasts on Youtube. #FreeTheNipple
We also dive into Lola’s love affair with Elliot Lester and David Oyelowo’s, Nightingale, the horror that was Richard Nixon as portrayed in his own words on Nixon on Nixon, and Lola’s critique of Terri Gross’s interview style (despite listening to everything she does). Who we are is reflected in our values. Are our values reflected in what we love? In being authentic, hopefully we are able to better understand why we love what we love as well and what it means to the world around us.