When an industry gains disproportionate social power, as the finance and real-estate industries had in the pat decade, there must be an associated ideology that legitimates that ascendancy. It surprises me that this notion sometimes seems a shocking discovery to those who cover business, as though it never occurred to them that they were dealing in ideology in their coverage of CEOs and on earnings calls and in shareholders letters and the rest of the official communications from corporate America, not to mention the efforts of their lobbying arms to plant their preferred soundbites into the speeches of politicians. Of course, those in the business press often function as ideologists themselves, suffering from the “cognitive regulatory capture” that Willem Buiter claimed happened to the Federal Reserve under Greenspan. Business journalists often seem more enamored than critical of the titans of industry who deign to speak to them, and they typically accept in its entirely ethics derived from a faith in deregulated markets. Workers are depersonalized into “labor” or “wages”—an unfortunate cost of doing business and an obstacle that the heroes of capitalism must overcome.
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British hip-hopper Dizzee Rascal returns to the music world on 18 May with the release of the “Bonkers” single. The sound is a bit different for him and he raps over banding, straight-ahead electronic beats from Armand Van Helden that evokes the Chemical Brothers school of big beat. Dizzee offering up a new full-length Tongue ‘n’ Cheek later in the year as well.
Quentin Huff said of Prince’s new album, “LotusFlow3r, conceptually and in musical diversity, operates as a cross between Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants and Me’shell Ndegeocello’s The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams. Like The Secret Life of Plants, the songs on this set explore, in some way, various aspect of the lotus flower mystique. “Love Like Jazz” and “77 Beverly Park” might even fit the mood and music of Plants.” Here’s the video for “Crimson and Clover” from that release.
Author: Bob Dylan (words), Paul Rogers (pictures)
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September 2008, 40 pages, $17.99
Jonah was born on 2 September 2008. He is our first child. The riches of parenthood are too profound and numerous to discuss here, but one of the more noteworthy pleasures insofar as PopMatters’ audience is concerned is that he has introduced to me a world of books that had heretofore been a mystery. We have three ceiling-tall bookshelves that are double stacked and topped off sideways, so it is no surprise that his own modest shelf is already overflowing with books. (A stipulation that attendees of our baby shower had to bring a book for the pending boy certainly helped jump start his library.)
A genre isn’t legitimate until one can separate its good representatives from its bad, and it didn’t take me long to realize that “Children’s Literature” is for real. You know the bad when you see it—overly sentimental, overly cute, overly opportunistic—and there’s no point in me calling them out by name as we all have a different idea about what qualifies.
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