My media week 11/01/09

My media week 11/01/09


After the recent Steven Gerrard incident with a DJ spiked has an article called Footballers and their musical tastes. Apparently, Mr. Gerrard wanted the DJ to play Genesis. In the article they also mention the monologue about Genesis from American Psycho. Here is the complete version:


American Psycho written by Mary Harron & Guinevere Turner, from the novel by Bret Easton Ellis

Patrick Bateman: Do you like Phil Collins? I’ve been a big Genesis fan ever since the release of their 1980 album, Duke. Before that, I really didn’t understand any of their work. Too artsy, too intellectual. It was on Duke where, uh, Phil Collins’ presence became more apparent. I think Invisible Touch was the group’s undisputed masterpiece. It’s an epic meditation on intangibility. At the same time, it deepens and enriches the meaning of the preceding three albums. Christy, take off your robe. Listen to the brilliant ensemble playing of Banks, Collins and Rutherford. You can practically hear every nuance of every instrument. Sabrina, remove your dress. In terms of lyrical craftsmanship, the sheer songwriting, this album hits a new peak of professionalism. Sabrina, why don’t you, uh, dance a little. Take the lyrics to Land of Confusion. In this song, Phil Collins addresses the problems of abusive political authority. In Too Deep is the most moving pop song of the 1980s, about monogamy and commitment. The song is extremely uplifting. Their lyrics are as positive and affirmative as, uh, anything I’ve heard in rock. Christy, get down on your knees so Sabrina can see your ass. Phil Collins’ solo career seems to be more commercial and therefore more satisfying, in a narrower way. Especially songs like In the Air Tonight and, uh, Against All Odds. Sabrina, don’t just stare at it, eat it. But I also think Phil Collins works best within the confines of the group, than as a solo artist, and I stress the word artist. This is Sussudio, a great, great song, a personal favorite.


Staying on the subject of music Thinking Allowed had a feature on Popular Music and Violence. What do David Gray, Eminen, ACDC, Bruce Springsteen, Christina Aguilera and Nancy Sinatra have in common? They have all been used by states as instruments of war. Laurie Taylor looks at the dark side of music, including a woman who was sent to prison for playing a Whitney Houston song.


Mathematician John Allen Paulos has an article about The Numerati: Big Brother in a Chip. Here is an extract from the article:

They are the mathematicians, computer scientists, and others who are, every day, devising better software models of us as consumers, workers, patients, lovers, voters, and even terrorists…. Interestingly, a few numerati are even analyzing blogs because bloggers provide unfiltered, raw, generally honest reactions to products (from diarrhea medicines to golf clubs) that information-hungry companies want. Countless blogs are scanned for mention of these products (or issues) and the computer is taught to determine the sex, approximate age, and other demographic characteristics of the bloggers. The information thus obtained helps the companies discern tastes and target ads (much like Google and Amazon are doing already).


After my post last week, An article about nothing, the BBC’s World Business looks at businesses give their products away Is it really profitable? Peter Day hears from two advocates of these unconventional business models.


NPR’s Talk of the Nation has an interview with Psychologist Stephen Greenspan, author of Annals of Gullibility: Why We Get Duped and How to Avoid It, explains what psychology can teach us about scams such as Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi-style scheme, which fooled so many clever people.


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