Regarding your comment about the Sun-Times’s use of the Britney/Madonna photo and that illustration clashing with my own critique of the MTV Video Music Awards [Hot Type, September 5], I think you missed the point of what I wrote: That smooch was the single most telling moment in a three-hour awards show. Yes, it was a desperate and transparent bid at controversy, but that describes not only the tenor of the evening, but of all of MTV’s offerings of late. As such, it was by no means “inconsequential,” since as MTV goes, in large part, so goes the world of popular music.

There could have been no better photo to accompany my story.

Jim DeRogatis

Sun-Times pop-music critic