The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

Written on 23-24 November 2022. Music is evolving. That much is clear. Netflix’s ‘The Playlist’ depicts the last era of class and generational warfare in the market of music. On the one hand were the young and the poor, fighting for their rights to consume and produce music without losing out to the winners, the … Continue reading The music industry to come: What’s next for the greatest show on Earth

The 90s are back, kinda

The 1990s were full of crazy ideas. The ‘end of history’, the ‘clash of civilizations’, and the ‘coming anarchy’ could not all be true, right? But they were all true. We are, as another 90s prophet argued, ‘back to the future’. The 90s are back, baby. Well, kinda. Let me explain. Welcome to the 20s. … Continue reading The 90s are back, kinda

It’s bad music but it’s a bop? Revisiting ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift

Today I have been alternating between the music of five era-defining musicians: 1. Taylor Swift (Midnights), 2. Kanye West (Donda), 3. Jacob Collier (Djesse Vol. 3), 4. Drake (Honestly, Nevermind), and 5. Blackpink (Born Pink). Mastermind or pretender to the throne? Ms. Swift’s tenth LP Midnights echoes Mr. West’s tenth full-length Donda in more ways … Continue reading It’s bad music but it’s a bop? Revisiting ‘Midnights’ by Taylor Swift

Freedom for all: Why the media’s use of the term ‘modern slavery’ is oddly dehumanising, and downright sinister

I have previously commented on how universities can distract from ongoing workplace exploitation by contrasting our situation with those of our ancestors bound in chattel slavery, from Ancient Greece and Rome (contexts which remain strangely ignored by reports into slavery’s long legacy) to the trans-Saharan (again, an oddly ignored context, seeing as it served as … Continue reading Freedom for all: Why the media’s use of the term ‘modern slavery’ is oddly dehumanising, and downright sinister