@mitZinereader, If you tweet or tumble, you’ve stumbleupon-ed the “Who Is Arcade Fire??!!?” meme.
On Sunday night, Twitter imploded with the cries of mass culture misery: “The Grammys have something against famous people.” Arcade Fire stole Album of the Year from the “recovered” and deserving Eminem. Don’t forget about Katy Perry, who’s worked her fingers to the bone negotiating an OPI nail polish collection. How could she not win? And that Lady Antebellum song always plays in my dentist’s office on Q97.5. Come on, judges. This ain’t fair.
We’re in FIMS. We know that everything that is unfair is fair game on the Interwebz. Hashtags and YouTube parodies abound, the Montreal indie rock group has become both a meme and a movement within a mere week. It’s now a “you’re either with us or against us” attitude. Continue reading →
Money, power, fame, and acclaim: possess these attributes and you might be the most influential person in the world. Considering the criteria, it is no wonder that AskMen.com’s list of the “Top 49 Most Influential Men” is composed of Hollywood celebrities, wealthy businessmen, professional athletes, and only one politician. Not all of the individuals deserve to be on a “most influential” list, but that depends on the criteria. Not all of them have anything worthy to say; yet we still listen. Hollywood celebrities can influence public opinion only because millions of people already take an interest in their lives. The characteristics of the individuals on the list are representative of the values upheld by our society and the result of media that focus on hype with little regard for morality. We need to consider the social implications of favouring cultural influence over quality influence. Those who hold our attention ultimately have the power to influence society, but if we focus our attention on personalities instead of policies, it is easy to forget in what direction we are being steered. Therefore, it is important to consider whether our public figures are a positive or negative influence on society before we allow put them on a pedestal. Askmen.com compiled this list, but it seems the only people they asked for opinions were the writers of tabloid magazines.
Kanye West makes himself very easy to hate. Whether it’s stealing the stage from Taylor Swift (he was right), or simply ranting in an acceptance speech about his greatness, he has definitely secured his spot as the industry’s biggest “douchebag”. In the past decade, West has released extremely innovative and daring albums, which have often been overlooked by the same people who felt bad for “innocent” Taylor Swift. Sure, it wasn’t the most respectful thing to do, but what we are trying to say is, get over it. Dismissing West as an artist identifies that the line between artistry and personal lives has been blurred beyond recovery. In the case of his latest album, “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy”, credit needs to be given where credit’s due. Continue reading →
Kid Cudi just makes you want to sway. This is what I was reminded of the first time I listened to Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager. Scott Mescudi’s second full-length LP has seventeen tracks presented in five ‘acts,’ and features as many unexpected artists as his last epic, Man on the Moon: The End of Day. But Cudi isn’t completely back to his old ways — there’s a lot of new stuff on the table.
This mesmerizing album is much deeper than his first one, delving into his real life rather than his dreams and nightmares. His intoxicating vocals go back and forth between minor chords and slow rap lyrics, and the deliberate genre confusion doesn’t stop there. Continue reading →