PODCAST: The genius of Laurie Anderson and the complexity of "O Superman"

“Well you don’t know me, but I know you. And I’ve got a message to give to you.”

By Natalie Gordon | May 2, 2024 9:30am

Canva by Natalie Gordon.

A clip of Laurie Anderson’s "O Superman" went viral on TikTok in late 2023. The lyrics sparked emotional testimonies from users, often containing stories of their parents in reference to the “mom” character in the song. As popular as "O Superman" became, finding an audience with the new generation, the context of the song was overlooked, and thus, so was the underlying message.

Natalie Gordon is a photographer for The Beacon. She can be reached at gordonn26@up.edu.

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