Joseph Fisher holds a Ph.D. in English from The Geroge Washington University, where he currently works as a Learning Specialist in the Office of Disability Support Services and as an Instructor of English. Joe also teaches composition at Northern Virginia Community College.
Walter White as aged teacher and Jesse Pinkman as retired student grow to be somewhat of a family for each other, but the way in which Jesse learns and applies himself shows that Breaking Bad's theme of learning goes deeper than one might initially think.
The music industry seems to be aggressively reactive, either spurning technology with a kind of evangelical vehemence or taking far too long to figure out how to use technology to the advantage of all involved. Is it possible that the music business could learn something from the porn business?
For me, what distinguishes DIIV from their peers on Captured Tracks is that despite having internalized every note of the Cure's Disintegration (either on purpose or by osmosis), the band is anything but backward-looking.
What has come to be known as indie music cannot be recorded and released in places where people are absolutely independent. We need to start thinking -- really, seriously thinking -- about how something that is supposed to be inherently independent can be so dependent on so much else.