for those who came of age during the war on terror, for whom adolescence was announced by 9/11 and for whom failed wars, a massive recession, and a total surveillance apparatus were the paranoid gifts of our adulthood, lana del rey gives us a patriotism we can act out. hers isn’t a love song to america; it’s a how-to manual.
Camp taste turns its back on the good-bad axis of ordinary aesthetic judgment. Camp doesn’t reverse things. It doesn’t argue that good is bad, or that bad is good. What is does is to offer for art (and life) a different - a supplementary - set of standards.
― Susan Sontag, Notes on Camp (1964)