Karaoke for the Common Good of the World
James Corden's White House tour takes an unthinkable turn when First Lady Michelle Obama joins him for a drive around the grounds singing Stevie Wonder and Beyonce. Surprise guest Missy Elliott drops in to sing "This Is For My Girls." Download "This Is For My Girls" from iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/thi...
It can be a tool for Personal Self-Expression
and the Common Good of the World (girls much included)
For many people Karaoke epitomizes the egalitarian ethos. It takes music out of the mouths of "stars" and into the voices of ordinary people...including those like Michelle Obama who are "stars" in the mind of some, but "ordinary" in their own mind. Karaoke is tool for justice, both personal and social. It can be employed for individual ends of self-expression and, in this instance, for the common good of the world vis-a-vis Michelle Obama's Let Girl's Learn initiative.
"For many, karaoke epitomizes an egalitarian ethos: It offers inclusivity and tolerance for difference. The diversity of genres testifies to the diversity of people present. Karaoke erodes problematic hierarchies between “good” and “bad” singers, putting everyone on equal footing and giving everyone a platform to perform. It welcomes all body types, identities, aesthetic preferences, and ability levels. It gives everyone the right to be heard—a form of enfranchisement in a local community comprised of strangers and friends. Karaoke provides the opportunity for self-expression and self-determination. It gives people a voice in the mass media that shapes their lives, inviting irony, campiness, performativity, protest, and play. Performers can untether themselves from the identity essentialisms and stereotypes that plague their daily lives, by inhabiting personas that bring forth ambiguities, fantasies, and follies. It gives people agency over popular media, empowering them with an ability to tweak, remix, and interpret popular music for individual ends."
-- Byrd McDaniel, PhD candidate, Brown University, dissertation