Stephen Walt asks:
You’d think this would be a moment where at least one or two artists would be writing political songs and attracting a huge audience, and maybe even using their art to inspire political change. But I get little sense that contemporary musicians are shaping political attitudes or behavior as they might have in earlier eras.
When you think of the attitude-shaping influence of acts like Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, and the cast of Glee, there’s an identifiable connective thread between them: an ethos of self-acceptance and tolerance, and a hatred of bullying. They are apolitical if by politics you mean wars or elections — but not so in a moral or communitarian sense.