What Do Kanye West And Sarah Palin Have In Common?
[Kanye]’s using stardom as practice, writing songs in the manner of conversation fragments and flustered, late-night voicemail messages. He's an untouchable global pop-star, no doubt with a cadre of professional advisors, but is still running the risk of embarassing himself on a regular basis: simultaneously untouchable and resoundingly, publicly fallible. So, yes: “Love Lockdown” is a terrifying song in many regards, but it’s made infinitely more uncomfortable by Kanye’s grotesque performance of prolix, technologized amateurism.
But the worst that West could do to us was sing; Palin nearly got actual power.