Taylor Swift, Anne Hathaway, Their Brutal Detractors, and the Struggle for Identity

Taylor Swift. Anne Hathaway. Two women at the heights of their respective careers. One is love obsessed with a revolving door of men and the other -- well, how do I say this nicely? -- no one likes her, everyone finds her annoying, and she's Hollywood's least popular actress. But the problem is that none of that is true. At least not completely true. The media has exaggerated the personal narratives of both Swift and Hathaway, turning them into characters that are not actually a true reflection … [Read more...]

Taylor Swift's Sentimental 'Love Story' and Flo Rida Stoops 'Low'

This is the second in a five part series, in which I explore the meanings and cultural implications of the top ten most downloaded songs of all time. Read part one here.The Number Eight Most Downloaded Song of All Time: 'Love Story' - Taylor Swift If there's one thing you can say about 'Love Story' (and most of Taylor Swift's catalog), it's that it's "sweet," though it's hard to say anything more complimentary than that. By design, it's a color-by-number generic retelling of a relationship. It … [Read more...]