When Lady Gaga met Larry Google
The world famous performer--and, according to Marissa Mayer, the Queen of the Downloads--wafts into the Googleplex, answers all kinds of deep and meaningful questions, and poses with Larry Page.
When she was in high school, all of her friends wanted to work at Google.
So offered Lady Gaga as she wandered into the Googleplex and showed them what true domination really looked like.
The purpose of Gaga's visit was to sit with Google's Marissa Mayer and answer questions offered on something called Google Moderator. This, oddly, is not a new Google tool specifically designed to dampen China's enthusiasm for censorship.
It's a thingy that allows your audience to decide what is most important to them. So there sat a hoarsely nervous Mayer asking questions offered by Gaga's fans from around the world.
Gaga looked, as usual, extremely fetching, with a bun atop her head that resembled a black and blond 3-D version of the new Chrome logo.
Once Mayer had introduced her as the Queen of the Downloads, Gaga talked of stardom, school friends, bullying, and rehearsing.
Mayer, though, interrupted her by showing that she went to a Halloween Party as, um, Gaga. Her Ladyship didn't seem entirely sure of the resemblance, but she is a great corporate saleswoman. She knows how to behave. She knows how to talk about her fans who make YouTube videos honoring her.
She revealed that she and her father ran an Internet company when she was but a little girl. And she described how one of the negative aspects of the Web now being the main medium for music was how an artist has to mathematically input their music (and by extension) their souls, into this machine system.
She seemed sad that fans go to chat rooms just to watch songs climb the chart. Gaga wants to take people away from computers in order to truly experience the music.
She took the time to pose with new Google CEO Larry Page and post the picture to Twitter.
Perhaps she took the time to offer him a little advice about how to market himself, now that he is supposed to be the driving force behind a new and invigorated Google.
Gaga is a brilliant marketer of, some might say, less than original music. She answered questions from her fans. She answered questions from the audience. She hugged Googlie questioners. She admired one Googlie who had a hat that (sort of) resembled the Chrysler Building.
Had Page listened to her speak, had he focused a little on how clear she is about her image and her emotional relationship with her customers, he might have wondered whether he and his company could ever hope for that kind of relationship with its users.
She talked about not being squeaky clean, just slightly evil. "If you are magical, you always have shadows," Gaga said, in a line that she might have had Steve Jobs nodding to at home. Perhaps the obverse of that is "If you are mechanical, you always have numbers."