Taylor Swift's Wall Street Journal article proves she's a cyborg

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Taylor Swift image courtesy of Big Machine Records; background enhanced for robot effect
I've always thought that something was off about Taylor Swift. Her immaculate, porcelain skin, picture-perfect golden bangs -- and certainly, her singing voice. Previously, I attributed these things to digital image doctoring or recording software magic. More recently, I have become suspicious of the 24-year-old pop-country darling. Something about Swift's perfection almost seems a little too... well, perfect.

Until she wrote a completely jarring, disjointed, and delusional article for the Wall Street Journal that suggests that she is some sort of malfunctioning cyborg. The piece, published this month and titled "For Taylor Swift, the Future of Music Is a Love Story," is a peculiar and meandering musing on... uh, being an artist, fans, the future, or some shit.


The commentary begins with a safe and soggy question which reads like the opening line of a 7th grader's essay, "Where will the music industry be in 20 years, 30 years, 50 years?" If somehow you manage to care further and not get distracted by the fear of paying rent this month or the joy of eating some sort of new fast food burger, you're in for a tasty treat of sugary bullshit. Let's take a look.

Early on, Swift states, "In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on music when it goes out into the marketplace."

To translate, music is worth what someone puts into it. Oh but wait, music is also worth whatever the financial value that the artist and label decide. So with that logic Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy, which took fourteen years to write and release, is one the most valuable records ever created. And it is worth $11.99, the retail value at Best Buy when it came out. Still there? Nah, me neither, because that means nothing.

The article continues on, pausing for a brief moment to provide hope for little girls everywhere before resuming to ruminate nonsensically on the nature of music and art.

"Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for."

Are you getting the sense that one of her central processing microchips is being infested by inter-dimensional nanobots that are eating away at her fundamental programming? She's losing her ability to blend in with humanity, instead choosing to rely upon pure robot logic:

Music = Art
Art = Rare
Rare = Money

Although she's correct that music is technically art, the idea that all art is important and rare is a concept so far off it will make your eyes disintegrate into your skull as you rub them in disbelief. That's right, art is important and rare. For example, no one else could have written the piano-laden theme for Full House. That person earned and deserved every last penny, you un-evolved idiot. You know who else deserves some money? Your friend who got drunk and tried to re-record the Lion King soundtrack using a looping pedal and a pasta strainer.

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David Higgins
David Higgins

Well.... At least this wasn't an Illuminati article :P

Kyle J. Holman
Kyle J. Holman

This article disgusts me. If you have to write an op ed piece, please write about something with actual substance. Seriously this is the worst article I have seen come out of cp.

Chad Kruse
Chad Kruse

The Polish Ambassador July 14 On my "Name Your Price" music website, these are the last 5 albums I released with the percentages of people that donated $1 or more. 4 years ago, I put out the album First Words. - 8% of people that downloaded First Words donated $1 or more. - 92% downloaded for free. 3 years ago, I released Superpowers - 9% of people that downloaded Superpowers donated $1 or more. - 91% downloaded for free. 2 years ago, I released Ecozoic - 14% of people that downloaded Ecozoic donated $1 or more. - 86% downloaded for free. 1 year ago, we released Hers Was as Thunder. - 17% of people that downloaded HWAT donated $1 or more. - 83% downloaded for free. A month ago, I released Pushing Through The Pavement. - 18% of people that downloaded PTTP donated $1 or more. - 82% downloaded for free. Very cool. Very interesting stats. I guess this means that humans are increasingly willing to put money toward things they value whether it is free or not. Perhaps it also means that people are increasingly using the dollar as a means to vote for things they want to see/hear/feel more of? This is just a 4 year period. I wonder what this would look like over a 20 year period? Any other takes on this trend?

Charlie Milkey
Charlie Milkey

I have a pasta strainer and a looper pedal. Can I be a rare artist?

David Gustafson
David Gustafson

24 years old and she's not yet writing criticism on a level with George Orwell? Well, that's it for her! I'm certain any or all of the writers at City Pages can sing as well or better than Ms Swift; replace her immediately!

Dave Eckblad
Dave Eckblad

Where should it be? It shouldn't exist. Industry != Art.

Jamison Murphy
Jamison Murphy

I read that article. I'm an artist, but I'm not super famous/rich/successful, yet I understood and agreed with all of it. Clearly, Drew just doesn't like Taylor Swift. lol

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