Madonna reading systems thinking, describing Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” as “reductive”? The word is better understand with an antonym of “expansive”, i.e. there’s little added on to “Express Yourself”. Maybe Madonna got into system theory via Kabbalah.
When ABC News asked viewers to contribute questions for Cynthia McFadden’s interview with Madonna, the most popular request by far was that McFadden find out how the singer feels about Gaga.
McFadden did, starting with the question of whether Madonna felt Gaga was “copying” her. [….] The Material Girl became coy when the conversation turned to “Born This Way.” “When I heard it on the radio …I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna said.
Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna responded, “It felt reductive.” Pressed as to whether that was a good or bad thing, Madonna told Cynthia McFadden to “look it up” — we did; the term means “minimal” or “crude” — before smiling slyly and taking a sip from her tea cup.
Possible tie through “Systems Theory and Mystical Kabbalah” | Johannes B. Schmidt | Dec. 2007 | Fielding Graduate School