Lady Gaga + Al Gore = Jean Jacques Rousseau
As stated in lecture, Jean Jacques Rousseau was technically the first “superstar” to really make his name known in the world. His allocations became widespread when he placed his own views of culture and society in his publication of Discourse on the Origin or Inequality. Not afraid to let the world know how he felt, he spoke as if didn’t care whether or not he would be judged based on the contents of the book.
Actively living his promiscuous life in Italy, Rousseau had many lovers including: Madame de Warens and Thérèse Levasseur. Both women served him in others ways as well, giving him an education and acting as his servant. He fathered many children, but left them in poor condition by placing them in the care of “foundling hospitals.” His theatrical life didn’t catch the eye of the European public until he placed it in the text mentioned above. This “theory” in which he lived his life by could be thought of his ideas of how he thought politics should run, or how frankly, this what he thought and that was that. (Picture courtesy: http://www.mimifroufrou.com)
As a modern-day “superstar” might live their life, he conducted himself with ideas that went very much against the social norms of society. He aims to live for himself and no one else, almost an egotistical being, yet he does present many modern thoughts to his subjects. With his creation of an opera, he opens up a new realm of influence to others in society. Then his randomness continues when he organizes a cult to promote “breast-feeding” to increase the ideas of keeping things natural and nature pure. At this point in time, mothers rarely nursed their own children, but after the influence of Rousseau, this not only changed a social norm, but it decreased the infant mortality rate.
Later in life, Rousseau became fond of wearing bizarre costumes that apparently made him look like an American Indian (R.R. Reno, Oct. 21, 2010). This clearly represents why Lady Gaga would definitely be a perfect motherly figure for Rousseau. She not only wears creative outfits, influencing the world of fashion, such as her meat dress at the 2010 VMA awards, but she creates a different type of music combining modern-day pop, electronic, dance, possibly some metal, and even hip-hop when she had Beyonce accompany her in the song, “Telephone.” She has become a worldwide icon, just like Rousseau has grown to influence the minds of people all over the world, and he’s been gone for over 2oo hundred years. (Picture courtesy: www.metro.co.uk)
With the influences of Rousseau, the traditional views of many developed into what are now considered modern views. Social norms or the past changed and evolved throughout the years because people didn’t care as much if they went against the grain and acted differently from others. Rousseau set the stage for people to break out of their shells and be who they wanted to be. The creation of many groups most likely derived from this one man’s ability to be himself and express himself in ways that he wished to do so. Yes, he may have been a historical “superstar,” but in being so, he opened doors for many others including women like Madonna and Lady Gaga, and men including politicians like Al Gore and Barack Obama, giving them the ability to speak their minds and be who they really are.