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Thread #90789   Message #1725278
Posted By: Jeri
23-Apr-06 - 10:31 AM
Thread Name: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
Subject: RE: Johnny Cash - How come an icon?
I never thought you were attacking Johnny Cash, although I believe that's what you expected from people, so that's what you're seeing.

If you were reading my post and thinking I was taking it personally, you misunderstood something. An icon is a symbol. It's pop culture, and it probabbly DOES come down to the media. Nobody would know about Cash if not for the media. Nobody'd be able to watch all those biographical shows and news spots and the movie, buy the recordings, hear them on the radio, read reviews or newspaper/magazine articles, if the media didn't go and make them available to anybody and everybody. It's pop culture. The media go and tell people about a person, then those people all regognize him as a symbol of country music. DAMN all those people!

The thing is, and it's another point I was trying to make: it doesn't matter if we, as indivuals think someone is more deserving of representing a music genre to others. We're not going to be successful in convincing enough people to matter.

Anybody who think you're abusing Johnny Cash by preferring another musician or criticising him IS taking it a bit too personally.