Posts tagged #music

Chad at 'Politichicks': Modern Pop is the Junk Food of Music (Even Millennials Find It Forgettable)

According to a new study from New York University that included 643 participants ages 18-25, it appears the classic, or what millennials would call “old school” songs stick in millennial’s heads more than the boring, cookie-cutter pop of today. Specifically, songs from 1960-1999 were more memorable than songs from 2000-2015, with songs from this era of music receiving a steep drop-off in recognition according to Yahoo News.

The researchers provided participants with short clips of seven songs out of 152 songs used in the study. The songs selected were tunes that reached number one on the Billboard “Top 100” chart from 1940-1957 and the Billboard “Hot 100” from 1958-2015.

I’m not too surprised that the old classics like “When a Man Loves a Woman” or “Baby Come Back” are more memorable than new music by Katy Perry, Ariana Grande, Post Malone or anything by The Chainsmokers.

Read the rest at Politichicks

Welcome To A Whittle Bit Of Commentary 2.0! Have We Flushed Our Privacy Away On Our Smart Toilets? Jay-Z Has 99 Streaming Problems With Tidal - 1/18/19

Welcome to A Whittle Bit of Commentary 2.0. it’s the same show you’ve loved for the past five years but in a new weekly and expanded format! Also on this episode: If privacy isn’t already dead, the final nail in the coffin will soon be added as almost every device in our homes will be connected to the Internet. We all have flushed away our privacy on our smart toilets. Jay-Z has 99 problems but the good news is that Beyoncé isn’t one. Bloomberg News reports that Mr. Z's streaming music service Tidal is under investigation in Norway over allegations the music service faked listener numbers that could be in the hundreds of millions of false plays of albums from top artists including his wife.

 

Here's Where The Government Can Start If They Want To Break Up Silicon Valley's Tech Titans

According to media reports, the Trump White House has drafted an executive order that would open an antitrust investigation into the business practice of some of Silicon Valley’s most prominent firms including Google, Facebook, and Twitter.

The investigation would examine whether online platforms have violated antitrust laws and address online platform bias as well. President Trump has Tweeted his concerns about the potential political bias of some of the nation’s largest social platforms that all lean left.

The federal government has a mixed record of success when it comes to breaking up mega-corporations.

The most famous examples of the government successfully breaking up companies include Rockefeller’s dominant Standard Oil and the 1980s breakup of the AT&T/Bell telephone system. 

We are many years, court cases and Trump Tweets away from coming even a 100 miles close to a breakup of any technology or social media company.

However, for the sake of discussion and argument, here is where the federal government could start if they want to breakup some of the biggest tech titans in the world:

1.    Require Facebook to sale Instagram and WhatsApp. According to recent reports, Instagram has over 800 million users and WhatsApp has over 1.5 billion. Facebook has over 2 billion users. That is a lot of access to user’s data for Mark Zuckerberg to have.

2.    Require Google to sale YouTube. The video sharing website reports nearly 1.8 billion users each month, almost matching Facebook’s 2 billion users.

3.    Spinoff Amazon into multiple smaller companies. Possible spinoffs: Twitch.TV, Whole Foods Market, Zappos, and the list could go on.

Of all the tech companies, Twitter is in the best position to not be broken up because the company is smaller than their bigger rivals and the company has not invested as heavily into acquiring other companies. If you want to include Apple on the list, you could require the spinoff of Apple Music or not allow the company to produce original content, but only offer music and TV shows on their apps from third-party producers. 

As I said before, we are years away from any potential breakup even becoming a possible reality, but there is no doubt that the tech titans have more influence and control over our lives than prior oligopolies could even imagine.

Instead of antitrust lawsuits and breakups, a quicker and simpler solution may be to pass more regulation that protects user’s privacy and governs more how these firms operate.   

Either way, the days of Silicon Valley having a blank check (or unlimited Bitcoin for all of the tech-minded readers) to do what they want is quickly coming to a close. 

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