It seems like everyone I know has at one point or another taken a hiatus from social media. In fact, it’s so common that it’s even become a meme. However, the departure from Facebook or Instagram or Twitter or whatever is inevitably temporary — a hiatus, not a departure.
My own, admittedly lax, recent hiatus from social media has had me pondering how I can be simultaneously disillusioned with and hopeful for Social Media. While reading Gretchen McCulloch’s book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, I realized that I had loved Social Media as a teenager and…
In 1941, the French author Pierre Menard wrote “truth, whose mother is history, [is the] rival of time, storehouse of deeds, witness for the past, example and counsel for the present, and warning for the future.” Menard, a contemporary of the Godfather of psychology, William James, wisely asserts that historical fact is not what happened, but what we believe to have happened.
But Pierre Menard is not a real person.
In 1982, Prince prophetically released the album that sealed his superstardom. “I’m gonna party like it’s nineteen ninety-nine,” the extravagant pop star proclaimed, backed by trademark synth sounds. The foretold 1999 would see recorded music revenue reach the highest point it ever had, and — thanks to the internet — likely the highest it ever will.
*This article was originally published 5 March 2018. Updated 15 January 2019.
On 24 Jan. 2018, Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) introduced the Music Modernization Act to Congress. …
Critical thinker in the streets — Musician in the sheets.