- Jan 14, 2016
- By the Gulag wall.
I'm a big fan of Bob Dylan. There's no doubt that in the world of rock he stands head and shoulders above the rest - particularly in terms of intellectual content. So half of me is happy that he has been given such prestigious recognition. But, at the same time, no matter how good the lyrics of a pop song or rock song are - are they really literature?
Now, the various Nobel Prizes have certainly become a debased currency in recent times. Imagine a war monger and war criminal like Obama being awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace - and he got it when he had barely even started his presidency. What was the point of giving someone a prize before they had even started the race?
Apart from that, the worrying point is that our Western culture is in terminal decline. In the Anglosphere there is an absolute suspicion and even hatred of anything intellectual. Everything must be brought down to the lowest common denominator - so that even an uneducated gobshite like Michael O'Leary is being quoted as some kind of authority.
Despite how good Dylan's lyrics may be, is this a further sign of the decline of Western civilization? Or am I just tangled up in blue?