TiK ToK on the Clock of Decency: How Ke$ha’s Lyrics Inspire Today’s Youth in Their Time of Trouble

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As we clustered around a dining room table laden with steaming dishes and the fancy holiday flatware from Pier One Imports, my cousins and I had one goal in mind: avoid sitting next to crumpled-up Uncle Joe and his half-fabricated recollections of the good ol’ days. Unfortunately for us teens, he typically transformed these reminiscences into accusations aimed directly at our generation. He generally cited our “disregard for the quality of a good conversation” and a supposed inability to “maintain a respectable romantic relationship without all that sex and whatnot.” Normally, I would take my time next to Uncle Joe as an opportunity to focus on eating, occasionally mumbling a semi-interested “uh huh” or tipping my head in a pseudo-nod. For some reason, this Christmas was different. For some reason, I found myself agreeing with the man whose face rivaled the texture of a month-old raisin. Maybe Uncle Joe was right. In today’s America, teen drunk driving accidents are on the rise, not to mention pregnancy and STD contraction rates. Conversations are limited to the 160 characters of a text message or the abbreviated slang of instant messaging. When it comes down to it, today’s teens face a downward spiral of partying with no consequences – a path that can only end in an America characterized by a population of mindless drunks. America’s teens need help, and only one person can do the job: billboard-breaking pop musician Ke$ha. In fact, because of the positive messages reflected in her song “TiK ToK,” Ke$ha’s music video should be played daily in American middle schools. Surprised? You’re not alone. At first glance, “TiK ToK”’s lyrics seem to provide the worst model possible for anything remotely similar to a healthy lifestyle.... ... middle of paper ... ...that they need to view this music video in an educational setting where teachers can explain the subtleties of the lyrics. Just as the song’s title itself implies, the clock of decency is quickly approaching midnight, and teens’ lifestyles have yet to improve. With Ke$ha’s help, we can and must do something before it’s too late, late. Works Cited “Bio $tuff.” Ke$ha. Ke$ha’s Official Website, n.d. Web. 26 April 2010. Exton, Emily. “In today’s celebrity feuds: Ke$ha apologizes to Justin Bieber.” Entertainment Weekly. n.p., 22 March 2010. Web. 26 April 2010. Flynn, Huckleberry. “A Ke$ha ‘TiK ToK’ Lyrical Analysis.” blogspot.com. n.p., 11 Jan. 2010. Web. 26 April 2010. Gottwald, Lukasz, Benjamin Levin and Kesha Rose Sebert. “TiK ToK.” metrolyrics.com. Metro Lyrics, n.d. Web. 26 April 2010. Ke$ha – TiK ToK. 14 November 2009. YouTube. 26 April 2010.

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