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September 25, 2009


Mundo Majchrzyk

What I found more revealing, and maybe more relatable about what Kanye said on that Jay Leno interview was that he was thinking of the award show as all spectacle.

He mentioned that it didn't strike him that he had done something wrong until he passed the mic back to Taylor Swift and she just stood there stunned instead of continuing with her acceptance speech.

I think what he was trying to say is that he had assumed everyone was on the same wavelength about the VMA's being a giant spectacle. So he thought there would be no possibility within that for an experience that was actually meaningful or emotional past a very surface level to the people who won or lost the awards.

It makes sense, if Kanye was thinking about it in terms of aesthetics only, that he would assume that acting out like that would only add to what the VMA ceremony was already proposing itself as. And it seems that he turned out as shocked as Taylor Swift over the whole event when he realized that people had invested more than their eyes in the award ceremony. Which I think explains why he came out to apologize for it publicly so quickly (which was surprising considering he is normally to be too arrogant to do so).

Kevin Dye

Perhaps a few other sociopsychological dynamics are also at play such as:
- medicalization of the problem ie. 'this is not the real 'me' talking, this is a type of illness'. This is a bit different spin than abandoning free will - because it is a sociological accepted mode of abandoning free will. Another example of medicalization, which is apparently socially acceptable, is parents (lawyer and a cop) of a reckless driving kid that totaled a car speeding around a corner, caused $250,000 damage, but avoided a court case by enrolling him in a study of 'why kids speed'. 'It was not him being irresponsble, and it was not us for not disciplining him, it is some mysterious psychological problem that drove him to drive too fast.

- There also seems to be a confused and soft sort of 'insanity plea' to cover his loss of impulse control.

But my strongest impression of his behavior was that he acted as if he was at a small party with people that mostly knew him, and were used to mutually joking around, and there happened to be a microphone and this seemed like pretty natural behavior to him at the time.

What did not seem to be apparent at all in the Leno interview is any evidence of being coached by someone in public relations.

Given that he has the money he has, it would be interesting to know why he did not go with some credible advice to apologize profusely, with no excuses. How, somehow, he could not even find his way to a reasonable reflective level of dealing with the situation even with the assistance of expertise available to him given his wealth.

How does one even miss it then? That's not just about abandoning the notion of free will. There is a larger societal rift there.

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