Back in 1919, poet William Butler Yeats described his angst about Europe after World War I by describing a “rough beast” that might precipitate the second coming that “slouches towards Bethlehem to be born.”
Last month’s MTV’s Video Music Awards was not World War I. And Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke sure as hell aren’t W.B. Yeats. Still, the sheer crassness of the pair’s performance and the unconscious nihilism it exposed has left those who previously never gave a thought to such pop tarts with some serious mulling to do about the direction(lessness) of our society.