Self-Education via Pop Music: Foolishness 101

One of the ways we continually educate ourselves is by consuming pop culture. And just so you don’t think this present time has a lock on truly ridiculous ideas expressed in music, dig this award-winning turkey from 1962, sung by Jack Jones: Lollipops and Roses.

Do you believe these lyrics? “Make it her birthday each day of the week…” On Dec. 31 she’ll be 365 years old. But even more preposterous, “One day she’ll smile, next day she’ll cry,/ Minute to minute, you’ll never know why…” Sounds like she’s more than ready for the rubber room. Can you imagine living with somebody like that?

So much of our music, our movies and TV, our books, teach us an awful lot of pazoo about how we ought to relate to one another. Do you really think nobody actually picks up on this teaching? No one’s influenced by it? Well, bunkie, there’s a whole advertising industry that’s betting that you’re wrong. And a whole public education industry, too, for that matter.

The only reason nobody gets a degree in Being a Dope is that nobody needs one.

About leeduigon

I have lived in Metuchen, NJ, all my life. I have been married to my wife Patricia since 1977. I am a former newspaper editor and reporter. I was also the owner-operator of my own small business for several years. I wrote various novels and short stories published during 1980s and 1990s. I am a long-time student of judo and Japanese swordsmanship (kenjutsu). I also play chess, basketball, and military and sports simulations. View all posts by leeduigon

4 responses to “Self-Education via Pop Music: Foolishness 101

  • Erlene

    just another “subtle” diminution of females that some males enjoy perpetuating. There has been much written about that concept, so no need to beat a dead horse, but it has ever been that way.


  • UnKnowable

    Song lyrics can be a great source of neurosis. “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”, “I Can’t Help It (If I’m Still in Love with You)”, “It’s Sad To Belong To Someone Else When the right One Comes Along”, and that’s just the titles. 🙂

    Actually, Lollipops & Roses is an old favorite of mine and I must confess, I’ve known women just like that, although I wouldn’t go so far as to suggest these as positive personality traits. ‘Not knowing why’ on a minute to minute basis makes for a hard life.


  • Linda Sorci

    Can’t we just stick to ‘who put the bop in the bop shoo bop shoo bop’? 🙂


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