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Maura Johnston: What Happened to Music Writing This Year? (NPR)
Maura Johnston: What Happened to Music Writing This Year? (NPR)
In 2012, attempts to stay ahead of readers' innate desires resulted in a collective throwing up of hands. Think pieces and reviews still existed, but they were accompanied by other attempts to lure readers: Trifles like album titles and track listings treated as news items worthy of their own "stories" (to maximize the possibility of people tripping over their fingers and into a unique view); artists out of the public spotlight for more than six months unearthed as if they were creatures from another dimension; Tweets and other public statements by artists taken out of context and drained of their tone so as to stoke "WTF" headlines; superlative-laden lists not even aimed at expressing an opinion in count-downable form; posts with factual errors seen as hits to institutional credibility and opportunities to wring double the traffic out of one story.
·npr.org·
Maura Johnston: What Happened to Music Writing This Year? (NPR)
Eric Harvey: How Frank Ocean Transcended The Hype (Buzzfeed Music)
Eric Harvey: How Frank Ocean Transcended The Hype (Buzzfeed Music)
Ocean is a storyteller at heart, and Orange is so compelling in large part because it’s never entirely clear from what perspective his stories are coming, or where they’re leading. Like all great writers, Ocean’s narratives are wholly fictional and half-true — autobiographies on their way to becoming lies
·buzzfeed.com·
Eric Harvey: How Frank Ocean Transcended The Hype (Buzzfeed Music)
Krista Tippett: Brené Brown on Vulnerability (Nov 22, 2012) (On Being)
Krista Tippett: Brené Brown on Vulnerability (Nov 22, 2012) (On Being)
You know, and so, I've come to this belief that, if you show me a woman who can sit with a man in real vulnerability, in deep fear, and be with him in it, I will show you a woman who, A, has done her work and, B, does not derive her power from that man. And if you show me a man who can sit with a woman in deep struggle and vulnerability and not try to fix it, but just hear her and be with her and hold space for it, I'll show you a guy who's done his work and a man who doesn't derive his power from controlling and fixing everything.
·onbeing.org·
Krista Tippett: Brené Brown on Vulnerability (Nov 22, 2012) (On Being)
Ezra Klein: The most important issue of this election: Obamacare (Washington Post)
Ezra Klein: The most important issue of this election: Obamacare (Washington Post)
Which is all to say that, yes, this election matters more than most. It matters more politically because the party in power will likely see their agenda affirmed by a cyclical recovery. But it matters more to actual people because the Affordable Care Act is poised to reshape American health care in two years. A vote for Obama is a vote for the law to take effect and for 30 million Americans to get health insurance they won’t get otherwise. A vote for Romney is a vote for the law — and its spending and its taxes — to be repealed. There are few elections in which the stakes are so clear.
·washingtonpost.com·
Ezra Klein: The most important issue of this election: Obamacare (Washington Post)
Martha Raddatz and the faux objectivity of journalists | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Martha Raddatz and the faux objectivity of journalists | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Raddatz repeats big lies that are D.C. narrative—that Iran is a threat, that entitlement programs are ‘going broke’—during the debate as a showing of ‘objectivity’ as a journalist. Bullshit. These establishment journalists are creatures of the DC and corporate culture in which they spend their careers, and thus absorb and then regurgitate all of the assumptions of that culture. That may be inevitable, but having everyone indulge the ludicrous fantasy that they are "objective" and "neutral" most certainly is not.
·guardian.co.uk·
Martha Raddatz and the faux objectivity of journalists | Glenn Greenwald | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk
Eric Olson: The Politics of Pressure Support (Pressure Support)
Eric Olson: The Politics of Pressure Support (Pressure Support)
Governor Romney has repeatedly promised that on his first day in office he will work to repeal Obamacare. Insurance companies will again be free to deny my family coverage for whatever reasons they see fit. The Ryan budget which Governor Romney plans to enact as president includes enormous cuts to Medicaid. A vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket is a vote to completely destroy the financial security and medical safety of my child and family. If you are planning on voting for him I’m sure that you are doing it for other reasons but these will be the consequences of that decision. You may not like hearing it but it’s the truth. A vote for Romney/Ryan is a vote that will hurt hardworking Americans like me and my family.
·pressuresupport.com·
Eric Olson: The Politics of Pressure Support (Pressure Support)
Andrew Cohen: No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote (The Atlantic)
Andrew Cohen: No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote (The Atlantic)
There is no hidden agenda here. The strategy and tactics are as far out in the open as those voters standing in line for hours waiting for their turn to vote. This transparency—of motive and of evidence—is also what distinguishes the complaints that Democrats have about Republican tricks on voting from Republican complaints about Democratic tricks on voting. Widespread "in-person" voter fraud or voting by illegal immigrants exists mostly in the minds of conspiracy theorists. Yet proof of voter suppression is visible to all of us with the naked eye. All we have to do is look. There is no political equivalence here—only more lamentable false equivalence.
·theatlantic.com·
Andrew Cohen: No One in America Should Have to Wait 7 Hours to Vote (The Atlantic)
Glenn Greenwald: Obama and progressives: what will liberals do with their big election victory? (The Guardian)
Glenn Greenwald: Obama and progressives: what will liberals do with their big election victory? (The Guardian)
With last night's results, one can choose to see things two ways: (1) emboldened by their success and the obvious movement of the electorate in their direction, liberals will resolve that this time things will be different, that their willingness to be Good Partisan Soldiers depends upon their core values not being ignored and stomped on, or (2) inebriated with love and gratitude for Obama for having vanquished the evil Republican villains, they will follow their beloved superhero wherever he goes with even more loyalty than before. One does not need to be Nate Silver to be able to use the available historical data to see which of those two courses is the far more likely one.
·guardian.co.uk·
Glenn Greenwald: Obama and progressives: what will liberals do with their big election victory? (The Guardian)
Freddie deBoer: I'll take honest depravity over depravity masked as righteousness (L'Hôte)
Freddie deBoer: I'll take honest depravity over depravity masked as righteousness (L'Hôte)
ViolentAcrez is a deplorable guy. But he is honest in his ugly behavior. Nick Denton, in contrast, is a deeply unprincipled person who has meticulously crafted a veneer of respectability and outlaw journalism. I am, frankly, terrified of Reddit and the whole dark side of Internet practice that exists on forums and message boards. But it is a culture of open depravity. Gawker, and the larger scene of elite New York media it exemplifies, are something more devious, something more dangerous.
·lhote.blogspot.com·
Freddie deBoer: I'll take honest depravity over depravity masked as righteousness (L'Hôte)
Tim Wu: How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—and Us (The New Yorker)
Tim Wu: How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—and Us (The New Yorker)
Today, prosecutors feel they have license to treat leakers of information like crime lords or terrorists. In an age when our frontiers are digital, the criminal system threatens something intangible but incredibly valuable. It threatens youthful vigor, difference in outlook, the freedom to break some rules and not be condemned or ruined for the rest of your life. Swartz was a passionate eccentric who could have been one of the great innovators and creators of our future. Now we will never know.
·newyorker.com·
Tim Wu: How the Legal System Failed Aaron Swartz—and Us (The New Yorker)
Willy Staley: Only the Internet Could Compel Me to Feel Sorta Bad for Racist Teens
Willy Staley: Only the Internet Could Compel Me to Feel Sorta Bad for Racist Teens
This is no small issue, is what I’m saying. Whether we encounter language we find objectionable (or whatever) passively or actively is central to how we ought to consider it. Making monsters out of Racist Teens just to vanquish them seems lazy at best and ugly at worst.
·willystaley.tumblr.com·
Willy Staley: Only the Internet Could Compel Me to Feel Sorta Bad for Racist Teens
Alexis C. Madrigal: The Secret to Losing Weight, According to My New High-Tech Fitness Monitor, Is (Wait for It...) Walking (The Atlantic)
Alexis C. Madrigal: The Secret to Losing Weight, According to My New High-Tech Fitness Monitor, Is (Wait for It...) Walking (The Atlantic)
I overestimate the value of my official "workouts" and underestimate the value of walking as a means to an end. Americans lag behind the rest of the world in steps taken precisely because we travel so rarely for transportation's sake. Our cities are spread out (NYC excepted) and car culture is everywhere. A Centers for Disease Control study found that almost 40 percent of Americans had not walked for 10 straight minutes in the past week!
·theatlantic.com·
Alexis C. Madrigal: The Secret to Losing Weight, According to My New High-Tech Fitness Monitor, Is (Wait for It...) Walking (The Atlantic)
Derek Powazek: I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet
Derek Powazek: I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet
We can and should support the companies we love with our money. Companies can and should have balanced streams of income so that they’re not solely dependent on just one. We all should consider the business models of the companies we trust with our data. But we should not assume that, just because we pay a company they’ll treat us better, or that if we’re not paying that the company is allowed to treat us like shit. Reality is just more complicated than that. What matters is how companies demonstrate their respect for their customers. We should hold their feet to the fire when they demonstrate a lack of respect.
·powazek.com·
Derek Powazek: I’m Not The Product, But I Play One On The Internet
Eric Harvey: Maura Johnston: Six reasons why "if you want to get paid for music you should play it live" is an idiotic argument.
Eric Harvey: Maura Johnston: Six reasons why "if you want to get paid for music you should play it live" is an idiotic argument.
for the majority of small bands, touring is a necessary out-of-pocket promotional expense to drive sales for a new release, not a source of profit to offset sales. Not to mention the fact that there’s virtually no radio support for touring acts in all but the biggest cities, thanks to Clear Channel and deregulation leading to the outsourcing of local DJs. I think a lot of musicians love playing live in front of crowds, but hate everything else about touring, which is both financially and emotionally draining.
·marathonpacks.tumblr.com·
Eric Harvey: Maura Johnston: Six reasons why "if you want to get paid for music you should play it live" is an idiotic argument.
Grimes: Claire, are you ever scared of anything?
Grimes: Claire, are you ever scared of anything?
If doing what you want is an option for you, you should do it, because your one of the few lucky people who can. And even if you fail, you will be in a better position than if you’d never tried. The competition probably isn’t that crazy. Most people are too scared to even try. Bad things can happen, but every horrible thing that has ever happened to me has added integrity to my art and improved my understanding of the human race.
·actuallygrimes.tumblr.com·
Grimes: Claire, are you ever scared of anything?
Chris Ott: The Sheep Take a Buffalo Stance (New York Times)
Chris Ott: The Sheep Take a Buffalo Stance (New York Times)
Everyone's relationship to music has changed because of the Internet, and in a way that invalidates year-in-review summaries: We rank and file music all year long on our blogs and web magazines, in the list-drenched advertorial press, and even on our iPods. If everyone's a critic, do we still need a critics' poll?
·villagevoice.com·
Chris Ott: The Sheep Take a Buffalo Stance (New York Times)