But I may be able to get him rotating in his grave like a wind turbine, if this post generates half the attention that I think it could,,,
What did that guy mean to you, anyway? I see him mainly as the perfect encapsulation of what's wrong with the American Dream: That the American Dream is NOT set up for the well-being of the American citizenry themselves, but solely for the financial gain of a select few. No matter how revolutionary your idea, no matter how enlightening or inspiring you may be, your Brilliant Concept will already have been analyzed, focus-grouped, demographed and shunted down a narrow, pre-determined pathway, where it's end result will be a carefully-packaged, watered-down, K-Mart Blue-Light Special while you yourself will be celebrated, feted and set up as a God among Men - Until the sales slip .0005 %, and then you're declared a washed-up failure, a has-been, and it's off to the Late-Nite Infomercial / Glue Factory with you, Sport.
While, of course, the guys who finagled the rights to your Bright Idea will just keep raking it in. You, for your trouble, will be presented as a National/Global Laughingstock, if for no other reason that it's a handy way to contaminate any possible jury pool if you decide to try any kind of legal action. Just Take What They Offer and Run, Chum, 'cause you'll never beat the Machine.
After all...It ate up Elvis and spit him out, didn't it? Maybe there wasn't a whole lot to chew up in the first place with the Pelvis, a hick kid from the swamps of Memphis, but he had his moment - and got devoured for it. Human beings aren't built to handle that level of fame and success...And that's exactly what the Machine's been designed to do. To generate public hysteria, channel that into a consumer frenzy, and set up the next icon...Food for the Beast.
And people wonder why I despise "American Idol"....