Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? | The Record : NPR

The issue of how much musicians theoretically earn from their work has moved out of the trade press and into social media’s trending topics recently… In the background of these debates is the question of whether songwriters and performers are actually getting all the money they’re owed.

Source: Is Transparency The Music Industry’s Next Battle? : The Record : NPR

How many of you folks use Spotify on the regular? Do you buy music anywhere, in any form? I’m not trying to preach – as a musician I’m obviously pro-music – but I’m also hugely pro-credit. It’s a tough argument – most artists need to treat their craft as a full-time job in order to progress and develop as an artist, and in that sense you can’t work for free. However, it did occur to me that most people aren’t actually aware how the streaming system actually works, so I thought I’d help break it down:

Here’s a link from Spotify’s website, detailing their payment model. Looks nice, but it’s actually more like this, along with al the other online distributors.

How do you feel about it?

We’re out of the age of the multi-million dollar Music Industry signing 10 acts on the chance they’ll make it all back on one. But it seems now we’ve gone in the other direction, and the only people still coming out on top are the guys with all the cash.

Mhairi Black SNP Maiden Speech in the Commons | Channel 4

UPDATE: Underneath the speech video is a link to the BBC Scotland news report, or rather the lack or reporting on the content of the speech. Impartial when they want to be, eh?

Just in case you’re interested. I’ve been a bit slim on the political front since the election – not because I’ve lost interest, but maybe on some level because I lost faith briefly. This kind of speech puts the faith back in me! And only 20 years old. Gives me hope for the next generation!

I will add that I’m sick of seeing the Commons empty when shit like this is going down! Always a case of preaching to the converted – it seems the people who need change the most are often the most reluctant to change. Here’s  on the phenomenon detailing why some unskilled people perceive themselves to be more talented than they actually are.

BBC SCOTLAND NEWS SPEECH REPORTING


On a related tip, here’s an interview with Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn by Krishnan Guru-Murthy, that Corbyn accused of stooping to sensationalist tabloid tactics. He’s the man my money’s on, in the spirit of progress – though most New Labour reformists will brand him as too old-skool Trotskyist, others have accused him of being a Liberal question-dodger. I think he’s a Socialist.

https://youtu.be/QZAn7ZEvwek

Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Bankers, bosses, selfish politicians; all are masters of misdirection. It allows them to escape blame-free

Source: Abracadabra! Britain’s political elite has fooled us all again | Aditya Chakrabortty | Comment is free | The Guardian

Last week I posted an article on a Green MP’s opinion, and the acceptance of political narrative. Today’s article makes an excellent point.

You may remember at the beginning of last year, when the news (in the UK) was full of coverage of the floods in the South West – and the government passed the Gagging Law? Or, now the news is full of coverage of the impending threat from ISIS (or immigrants, for that matter), how we’ve all completely missed the ongoing discussions about TTIP?

I may make the point poorly – but the point still remains. READ BETWEEN THE LINES!

#STANDUPANDBERECOGNISED

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

‘Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments

Source: Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF | Environment | The Guardian

I don’t really know what to say about this – but I can’t say I’m surprised.

It might pose the question – why are certain factions are so hard on denying climate change, despite evidence to the contrary? You might extend this idea to other points, but not in this post. 😀

To hit the point closer to home, isn’t this is all money that we could feasibly use to fund the NHS? Education?  And to what end is all this money being subsidised?

As I’m sure I mentioned in a previous post (not to point the finger directly, but to make a general point), there’s a reason the party is called ‘Conservative’ – why would you want to change a system that keeps you rich and in charge?

The UK is the most unequal country in the EU | i100 (The Independent)

The Tory government has only just assumed power, and already Britain is the most unequal country in the EU.

Source: The UK is the most unequal country in the EU

Yes, a very short article – but a very direct point to make.

I will say – perhaps in a stunning act of hypocrisy – that I’ve always felt that the Middle Class are the most problematic portion of society when it comes to actualising change, as they aspire to be Upper Class whilst unaware that they are just as exploited as the Working Class are.

Despite this, I find it startling how apathetic most people seem to be towards this widening inequality, and what ramifications it has on society as a whole. The rich aren’t suffering austerity.

Here’s a little infographic on why austerity doesn’t work.

Here’s a Guardian article on why trickle-down economics doesn’t work.