Ahora, la academia se ha subido al barco. Por ejemplo, algunos estudiantes han defendido tesis doctorales en las que analizan canciones o videos y los comparan y contrastan con otras piezas literarias. Lo último es la presentación de una revista electrónica arbitrada (es decir un online academic journal) titulada Gaga Stigmata.
Algunos se preguntarán, ¿por qué estudiar a Lady Gaga? Los editores responden:
Pop matters. What we hear in the mall, in our cars, on YouTube, makes the world around us, which is to say that it makes us. I believe Lady Gaga's art pioneers awareness and liberation at such a massive cultural scale that it would be ignorant, and potentially even destructive, not to take it seriously. We needed a pop star who could simultaneously celebrate the spirit of pop -- the spirit that makes everyone, no matter who or where they are in the world, stand up and start dancing when "Billie Jean" comes on the jukebox -- and deconstruct, and ultimately shift, the static notion of the pop star as a figure of blind worship and untouchableness. Gaga has put the glitter wand back into the hands of the audience. She's made the audience responsible for what they are viewing. No other pop singers are doing that, at least not on the level that Gaga is.
Aquí la entrevista completa a los editores de la revista.