Sunday, July 01, 2012

David Brooks Smackdown

Via Brad DeLong, Samir Chopra:

David Brooks Went to a Springsteen Concert, and All I Got Was a Stupid Op-Ed

Brooks finds that audiences ‘in the middle of the Iberian Peninsula’–reaching which, I presume, requires three weeks of hard hiking from the nearest trailhead–’singing word for word about Highway 9 or Greasy Lake or some other exotic locale on the Jersey Shore.’ Amazing. In Europe? When did they get television, radio, newspapers, magazines, or the Internet? This is pretty mind-boggling stuff. Here is an American rock star, surely the most obscure type of cultural figure there could be, and folks in Europe, a land separated from the US by a BIG ocean, know the lyrics to his songs.

Dude, it was a business expense, OK?