A decade ago, in his book No Collar, sociologist Andrew Ross described how tech start-ups borrowed art’s cocktail of work, play and personal life to create a new corporate culture around “self-actualization.” When young incorporated artists borrow this mix back—along with a toolbox of networking strategies—the result is a feedback loop. Business is branded by art and vice versa. What appears to be art is basically business. Nothing else feels possible.

witchesgetkisses:

rufus & chaka khan - “ain’t nobody (frankie knuckles hallucinogenic dub)

with the loss of frankie knuckles, we lose one of our last remaining ties to an era of community, creative radicalism and possibility that was already cut cruelly short. so many of frankie’s friends and contemporaries are no longer with us, but it seemed as if he alone was invincible, that he would bring the gospel forever. now we are left to carry the torch into the night.



Brief update

Been taking a bit of a break from the tumblrverse and letting our brain cells remain largely untouched by pop’s most exhausting diva but back to say:

The Doritos Stage is the perfect venue for Lady Gaga.



svennysvensven:


Lady Gaga in the cover of the December issue of Glamour Magazine. (HQ)

Is this a PARODY cover. I don’t get it. What did Gaga do this year that lets her be the headline when the like sub-sub-sub-addendum is “+Meet the Girl Who Stood Up to the Taliban”
Fuck this gay earth, shoot me off into space like that chimp, there is nothing for me here anymore, etc.

OTOH it is Glamour, so set yr expectations low.

svennysvensven:

Lady Gaga in the cover of the December issue of Glamour Magazine. (HQ)

Is this a PARODY cover. I don’t get it. What did Gaga do this year that lets her be the headline when the like sub-sub-sub-addendum is “+Meet the Girl Who Stood Up to the Taliban”

Fuck this gay earth, shoot me off into space like that chimp, there is nothing for me here anymore, etc.

OTOH it is Glamour, so set yr expectations low.


It’s one thing for Lady Gaga to sing with a serial abuser of teenage girls.  But to collab on a song called “Do What U Want With My Body” requires some unique combo of breathtaking cynicism, callousness toward victims, and/or utter cluelessness.   
Major trigger warning.

It’s one thing for Lady Gaga to sing with a serial abuser of teenage girls.  But to collab on a song called “Do What U Want With My Body” requires some unique combo of breathtaking cynicism, callousness toward victims, and/or utter cluelessness.   

Major trigger warning.


nprmusic:




At the end of a year in which Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, Miley Cyrus and Diane Martel provoked everybody, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was born and British singer Lily Allen put her foot in it, Beyoncé’s album has reignited conversations about the boundaries of feminism today.




A lot of good thinking all over the place right now, but one thing that we should insist on (as people who generally like Beyonce’s music quite a lot despite being annoyed at/disappointed by that partnership with Target during the previous album cycle).  It’s probably a mistake to treat adherence to compulsory enthusiasm toward any popcult figure as a bellwether for whether someone’s really a feminist, or “the right kind” of feminist, or sufficiently intersectional in one’s thinking.
Maybe a better point of orientation is just: listen real hard to the voices of women of color, of poor women, of queer folks, trans folks, listen hard as people disagree, argue, tell their stories, share their critiques alongside celebrations.

nprmusic:

At the end of a year in which Sheryl Sandberg released Lean In, Miley Cyrus and Diane Martel provoked everybody, #solidarityisforwhitewomen was born and British singer Lily Allen put her foot in it, Beyoncé’s album has reignited conversations about the boundaries of feminism today.

A lot of good thinking all over the place right now, but one thing that we should insist on (as people who generally like Beyonce’s music quite a lot despite being annoyed at/disappointed by that partnership with Target during the previous album cycle).  It’s probably a mistake to treat adherence to compulsory enthusiasm toward any popcult figure as a bellwether for whether someone’s really a feminist, or “the right kind” of feminist, or sufficiently intersectional in one’s thinking.

Maybe a better point of orientation is just: listen real hard to the voices of women of color, of poor women, of queer folks, trans folks, listen hard as people disagree, argue, tell their stories, share their critiques alongside celebrations.



Yes the Katy Perry thing was bad, but so was this from 1999.

And so was Gaga on the cover of V magazine’s Asian issue and elsewhere.

This morning, John Darnielle asked “is ‘do a racist performance to get press’ gonna be a thing now? please let’s not.”   Evidence suggests that it has been for quite a while among the culture industry’s leading white lady avatars of capitalism.