For one of the first times in my life Beyoncé Knowles has shocked me. It has nothing to do with philosophical conundrums over how bootylicious she might or might not be or why her “Put A Ring On It” video gives me nightmares. She has revealed something new to me, something that I have not heard before and it is not buried in the dolphinesque melodies of one of her tracks but front...Read More
While on a Sunday cruising down I-87, keeping abreast of developments in modern pop music, I was comparing by the track “We are Young” by Fun featuring Janelle Monáe to that of “What Makes You Beautiful” by the Cowellian outfit One Direction. Both, in their own way, fabulous pop songs, the latter being a decent, catchy summer tune that makes body dysmorphic teenage girls feeel that they have...Read More
A battle is brewing in the media world. The protagonist is an established news organization, and the antagonist is an ambitious young Internet company. Oh wait, you’ve heard this one before?
As even casual observers of the media industry know, this is not exactly a novel type of conflict. Ever since the rise of the Internet, traditional television and newspaper outlets have scrambled to adapt....Read More