...Ready for It?
"Some boys are tryin' too hard, he don't try at all though..."
Von Kriegstein, Hasko. 2017. “Effort and Achievement.” Utilitas 29 (1): 27-51. (link)
Von Kriegstein analyses the role of effort in the axiological study of achievements, arguing that effort enhances the value of an achievement and that "'unnecessary' effort enhances achievement only insofar as the agent is unaware that the effort is not needed to enhance her chances of success." Yet in ...Ready For It? Swift suggests that the value of an achievement can be diminished by unnecessary effort, even if the agent is unaware that he is investing unnecessary effort. In this way, Swift's lyric provides a counterexample to Von Kriegstein's analysis of the value of achievements.
Don’t Blame Me
Dancing with Our Hands Tied
New Year's Day
You squeeze my hand three times in the back of the taxi
I can tell that it's gonna be a long road
I'll be there if you're the toast of the town, babe
Or if you strike out and you're crawling home
To what extent should the broader cultural context of art constrain our interpretation of it? What if the broader cultural context would make it so that our interpretation of art is unfair to the artist?
Is Reputation Taylor the performance or the real Taylor? Does this question make sense?
Can Taylor succeed at climbing to the top of all of her past selves?
Does the moral outlook of Reputation change after the second ellipses?
Are Reputation truthers on to something when they say this is the best album? (yes)