On Facebook and Twitter, fans from all over the world rage against the ageism of the BBC, claiming her as icon and innovator. Madonna detractors call her tired and past her sell by date, irrelevant now.
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But in moving Madonna away from the Radio 1 playlist, the BBC has inadvertently highlighted exactly how relevant she is. Age matters now. Religion and sex, power and control remain part of her shtick. That these be housed within a year-old body that refuses to fade gently into the night is what causes BBC brows to furrow. Madonna is both a figure of embarrassment the mad granny and aspiration the sculpted bottom.
Her continuing relevance is that she confuses and upsets. Her presence within the pop arena, that space configured by and predominantly for, youth is problematic. Details of more titles focusing on women and gender in music can be found on our Women and Gender in Music page.
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Log In Sign Up. Abigail Gardner. This paper asks what is at stake in that relationship between her past and present, examining the link between YouTube and ageing within popular music performance and fleshing that out by through two concepts; repetitive circularity and the flat archive.
Archival status is afforded internally within YouTube by bloggers who taxonomise the videos and create meaningful narratives. She writes about music video, music and ageing, music documentary, and is active in community media work. Related Papers.
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