Most digital music consumers have known for a long time that the internet made more and better music available, not less. Streaming video has brought a golden age for episodic story telling.
How it all gets paid for has undergone the biggest changes with more to come.
Long live the arts!
How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It https://nyti.ms/2mIfxp8
This article is a beautiful fantasy piece about the end of the NFL and football as we know it. The staff here have dreamed of this day for quite some time. It’s just gotten to the point where the NFL is not good for society anymore.
It causes untold mental trauma to millions of players of all ages, hires murders, wife beaters, and other violent criminals, and worst of all it profits wildly at the expense of the public which pays for its stadiums.
We just don’t need it amymore. We hope it dies out sooner than the 20 years hence which the writer imagines.
Good riddance from.former fans!
The notion that women’s sports need to be protected is paternalistic, Karkazis said, calling it “the mantle under which all kinds of discriminatory and sexist ideas enter.”
Radcliffe and gold medal athletes in Rio, like the American gymnast Simone Biles and the swimmer Katie Ledecky, have been as dominant as Semenya or more dominant, but their gender has not been openly questioned, Pape said.
Understanding the Controversy Over Caster Semenya http://nyti.ms/2bmm81W
The Olympics and other large sporting events are a disgusting mess which don’t deserve the money and attention we lavish on them. They do no good for the countries and cities which host them. Ask the citizens of Greece, China, and Russian if they are better off for having flushed tons of cash down the drain. There may have been a time when the kumbaya BS was helpful, but that time has passed. Now the good from two weeks of supposed “unity” is overwhelmed by the bad that flows from nations throwing money better spent elsewhere at athletics and sports.
The doping, the corruption, allowing pros in amateur competition; it’s lost its value. Besides, to the rich go the spoils. Just as Formula 1 races go to the teams with the most money, so go the Olympic medals to the best funded countries.
Having said that, if this debacle brings changes to the plight of women and reduces the humiliations and discrimination they are subjected to maybe we’re all a little better off.
Who Gets to Race as a Woman? http://nyti.ms/2bpcwn4
I love the idea of understanding more about the brain processes involved in creative endeavors.
The Dutch writer in this article has his head wired while writing a novella. When its finished the scientists involved will wire 50 readers to see what can be discerened about the emotional and creative elements of writing.
Unfortunatley they also acknowledge the nefarious uses of information such as this. Beyond how our e-readers already track and report our reading habits we’re entering an era where creative works will be massaged to take advantage of flavor of the month neuroscience. Knowing too much about just what jolts our interests and emotions while reading inevitably will lead to just-so novels with all the perfect mouth feel that food science gives us along with the focus group pablum of network tv.
NYTimes: Wired: Putting a Writer and Readers to a Test
Netflix knew what it was doing when it commissioned its new show, House of Cards. The data it gathers on viewers and habits foretold that the show would be a hit.
“Netflix and Amazon know when you stop and start a program, whether you wanted the whole thing, all of that,” said Rick Smolan, whose most recent book was “The Human Face of Big Data.” “Programmers have been wandering out and shooting a shotgun into the night sky and hoping they hit something, and I end up paying $150 for channels full of nothing I want to watch. These guys know what they are aiming at.”