Lil B and Musicians' Social Performances
Below is a YouTube clip featuring an entertaining review of rapper Lil B's latest album, I'm Gay (I'm Happy). The clip is mostly about the music, but the reviewer, Anthony Fantano, makes some pretty interesting comments about how important the blogosphere and twittersphere are to celebrities.
That's not new, except that this celebrity is a bit crap. "That's the genius of Lil B," Fantano comments, "his art is this social experiment." That social experiment is defined by B's careful playing off of haters and confused followers under a spotlight of variously opinionated media coverage. Lil B's reach wouldn't be possible without the internet, and his influence is largely societal, given that the quality of his music - as Fantano notes in detail - is difficult to defend.
Worth thinking about in relation to all music acts out there and how they further their popularity in unexpected ways online.
- How We Started Calling Visual Metaphors “Skeuomorphs” and Why the Debate over Apple’s Interface Design is a Mess
- Terrified Together: The Online Cult of Slender Man
- "The Wheel of the Devil": On Vine, gifs and the power of the loop
- Facebook, the Projected Self and Narcissism
- The Quality of Offline and Online Friendships
- Self-Sacrifice in the Age of the Gadget
- The Interface and Hyperreality
Interfaces express not that a journey has been eliminated, but that a new one may be created.
Networking, in many senses, gives rise to a new perspective on the London Riots of 2011.
Does abstinence from the web ever last? Is it even a good idea?
Computer viruses are not just computer viruses. They spread in pathological as well as technological ways.