“… Authenticity in full aesthetic masquerade. While mediocrity may be poor quality with no place to hide, kitsch is overt and exhibitionist; it is presumptuous, insincere and hypocritical mediocrity. It is blatant and strident pretension.”
Harold Best, Dean of Wheaton College Conservatory of Music discusses what’s wrong with pop culture, particularly as it relates to music, in his essay Musical Perception and Music Education. It’s a bit long, but this wonderful, well-presented criticism of “pop culture” is certainly well worth the investment of a few minutes.