Pareles, J. (2010). Lavish Worlds, and the Headwear to Match. The New York Times.
Jon Pareles, a music critic and journalist at The New York Times explains that Lady Gaga lives for the Applause when reviewing her Monster Ball performance. She loves the attention, so she uses gimmicks such as over the top and shocking costumes, and stage set ups to get noticed. If people notice her for her image, they will pay attention to her. Lady Gaga wants the attention, and wants the media to spread her images so she can gain more attention. She uses freaky singing, writing, dressing and acting to reach the largest audience possible. Lady Gaga loves being famous. Pareles used specific examples from the performance to prove his point. This included what she wore on stage and what she said on stage in between each song she sang. Pareles states that Gaga compared herself to Tinker Bell, needing applause to live. This further shows that Lady Gaga is addicted to attention. This article was aimed at a general audience of New York Times readers, who are interested in art and music culture. I believe Pareles did a good job at recapping the performance without any biases. I could tell that he thinks Lady Gaga is talented but also overly addicted to the fame, since his article focused largely on her need for applause and media attention. He could have slammed the performance for using too many gimmicks but instead he kept his review lukewarm and unbiased. Thus, people reading his article can decide for themselves if they liked the performance or not. This is smart because he did his job by providing a review but avoided the backlash of angry fans disagreeing with him. Overall, the article was useful to people interested in art/music culture, but Pareles did not take a strong side on whether he liked the performance or not in order avoid a backlash, which is smart since Lady Gaga is so polarizing.