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Idea: Declare a moratorium on facile, hobbyist Celine-bashing while she swoops in and CPRs our gasping economy. From the L.A. Times:

Dion is a divisive figure. Some music aficionados hail her five-octave voice as a divine gift, and with more than 200 million copies of 23 albums sold, Dion is one of history's most successful recording artists. To detractors, she serves up a plasticine stew of schmaltz and pathos. Few artists better illustrate the gap between professional critics and the masses of listeners. "My Heart Will Go On," the theme song from "Titanic," is one of the bestselling singles of all time; it also, one critic wrote, causes "eye bleeding."

Now, a curious thing has happened in Las Vegas: Dion, 43, is not just viewed as another performer, or even another top-billed performer. In a town where the economic devastation is severe even by the standards of the rest of the nation, Dion is viewed as almost a savior.

Idea no. 2: Tough economy leads to damage of critical listening ability. Discuss.



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