The MTV VMA's don’t take themselves seriously enough to demand the same from us. However, the yearly spectacle is a legitimate barometer of consumer youth culture and shouldn’t be written off as irrelevant. As a society we need events like this to bring us together to live tweet and pretend Lady Gaga is still famous and wonder why we don’t just get to the inevitable point where performers strip naked on live television.

Appropriately, precedent decrees that each year VMA fashions be more ridiculous than the last, but there’s a certain amount of self-awareness necessary to pull off the outlandish without hiding behind a costume-as-personality. Taking the time to analyze the stylistic choices of the severely drug-addled is important if only to set us apart from the old heads in old head media, lamenting how out of touch they are with "kids today". So, ditch your delusions of grandeur and join me in the national pastime of harshly judging people we secretly want to hang out with more than anything.

Angelo Spagnolo is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. Read his blog here and follow him on Twitter here.