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Public Apologies

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I’m growing extremely tired of public figures making statements and then immediately backtracking whenever those statements appear to have provoked the slightest degree of public displeasure or condemnation. That’s why I rather appreciated a recent situation involving James Carville retelling a joke involving Hillary Clinton giving one of her balls to Obama so he’d have two. When Carville was contacted by CNN’s John King and told that that public was “outraged” by his comment, he sounded genuinely surprised at the controversy. It was, he repeated, meant as a joke, and he then added, “If I offended anyone I’m not sorry and I don’t apologize.”

JESSICA BADER: An obviously insincere apology is often worse than no apology at all. It’s usually done for the sake of appearances, the person or group being apologized to can tell that the person doing the apologizing is full of shit, and that person probably resents having to apologize in the first place (after all, if they were cool with apologizing, the apology would probably be sincere). But there is one phrase that’s far worse than your run of the mill half-assed begrudging apology, six words that make my skin crawl with their passive-aggressive douchiness; “I’m sorry if you were offended.” Continue reading

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SNL In Review: Bryan Cranston/Kanye West

ZOË RICE: This week’s political cold open bested last week’s by a mile. I enjoyed Samberg’s “Rahmbo,” and I appreciated the juxtaposition with Rouse even better when I found out the cat-loving thing has been well-documented. I think more Moynihan as Pete Rouse would have made the bit stronger, but overall a successful open.

HOWARD MEGDAL: This felt one-dimensional, and an utter waste of Samberg’s tremendous Rahm. Continue reading

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90s: The Golden Age of Music?

AKIE BERMISS: I should make it clear from the outset that it is not my position that the 90s was THE golden age of music. Just perhaps one of many golden mini-eras that come and go with the tides. And I should also make it clear that there is very little scientific evidence to back up the arguments I am going to presently make. What follows is, rather, a pseudo-scholarly attempt to draw up a basic outline of musical trends in the last half century or so.

I speak, of course, of music. Of the last great golden age of music: the 90s. But not as an isolated incident, rather, as a the most recent evidence of a decidedly unproven trend of artistic flowering under a Democratic presidency. It seems curious to me that we can so often think of artistic artifacts as being simply art’s domain when, in fact, we all know that outward influences are always at play. That often art is a sign of the times. Or art can act as a cultural and societal artifact as potently as an “artistic” one. Certainly anthropologists look to art in order to gauge the tenor and timbre of a civilization. Why shouldn’t we (albeit on a more micro-level)?

STEPHON JOHNSON: While the 90′s could be considered last real golden age for music, the way music was consumed and experienced back then might cloud our judgement of the decade. Continue reading

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Taylor Swift: Entertainer of the Year? Really?

CHRIS PUMMER: Bland with a backstory is the only thing that the old forms of big media are hocking these days. Probably because with so many folks tuning out, it’s the only thing left with a bankable profit margin. And that’s why Entertainer of the Year probably doesn’t mean what it did five years ago. For sure not what it did 10 or 20 years ago, when breaking through on TV and the pop charts meant you really reached everybody.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Taylor Swift winning AP Entertainer of the Year? There’s an app for that. It’s called Kanye West Continue reading

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Pro or Kanye?

STEPHON JOHNSON: Kanye’s ego check via South Park would not have come without his embrace of Auto-Tune. Checking his ego could make him lose his edge to the detriment of his fans.

AKIE BERMISS: At times, I think, I may be the only person on the planet who thinks Kanye West isn’t that great. Its a lonely place to be: haterdom. But somebody’s got to do it. Continue reading

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Auto-Tune: Part of the Artist’s Toolbox/No Cher, I Don’t Believe

Different forms of vocal and instrumental manipulation have been used for decades in pop music and the feigned outrage over Auto-Tune comes from a lack of historical perspective.

STEPHON JOHNSON: Certain songs make you think of certain times in popular…

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