Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space”

Have you taken four minutes and thirty-three seconds of your day to listen to Taylor Swift’s new song “Blank Space“? Swift has a reputation for flings with men that seem to always result in tears, rumors of betrayal, and explosive responses on social media. Her new album, 1989, seems to address this perception of her. “Blank Space” illustrates the disastrous actions of a bitter woman in distress over a broken relationship. And it is a pretty dark story. Is there a deeper message to the video, suggesting that, brought to their limits, women become insane? Is Swift being critical of women, or of men, or something else? Let’s hope that this video was not just the singer giving the public what they imagined her to be like, but an ironic view of media’s perception of her.