You know, Freedom of Speech might be the one concept that seems so simple that everyone should understand but few actually comprehend. Freedom of Speech doesn’t mean that people can’t tell you to shut up for being an idiot. That means the government can’t arrest you for saying things they don’t agree with. This distinction will play into some of today’s links.
Anyway, it’s Wednesday so it’s time for the links. Let’s kick things off with the return of Britney Spears.
Inside the shady world of for-pay Wikipedia editing. (The Atlantic)
The battle over free speech continues but few really seem to understand what free speech and the First Amendment actually mean. (The New Yorker)
The Ashley Madison hackers just released all of their data in a 10 GB data dump. Things are about to get very interesting for a fair number of people. (Wired)
When I heard that will.i.am and Britney were collaborating on a song, I knew that it was likely to win a Worst of Music award. Being a fair person, I thought that it would only be fair to actually listen to it. Unfortunately, my willingness to listen to it meant I gave them far too much credit in their ability to make a good song. So this week’s WoM winner is will.i.am and Britney Spears’ Scream and Shout. Continue reading
I don’t understand why musicians have to release half of their latest albums as singles especially if nobody really cares after the second or third one. And yet, here we are talking about the fifth single from the latest Britney Spears comeback album. With Rihanna’s rise to fame based on sex appeal, Britney is going back to that well with the entendre -laden song Gasoline. Continue reading
For this July 4th edition of the Worst of Music, I think it’s only appropriate that we look at the continuously falling musical star of one of America’s former sweethearts. Britney Spears shot to fame in the late 90s as jailbait but hasn’t held onto those heights since she married Kevin Federline. But nobody seems to have told her that her fifteen minutes are up. For example, she’s still releasing craptacular music and hoping her looks get her by with her new single I Wanna Go. Continue reading
This week’s Worst of Music comes from the comments of last week’s WoM post. AbandonCulture nominated Rihanna’s S&M performance from the Billboard Music Awards last weekend for this week’s WoM. Now, I know we’ve already done S&M on the WoM before but this live performance is just a whole new barrel of laughs and AC brings up a good point in her nomination that made me rethink my initial assessment of this song. Continue reading
How do you get a couple extra bucks out of a previously released single? Release a remix. But how to do you make more than a couple extra bucks? Get a formerly popular singer who traded largely on sex appeal to record some lines for the song and re-release it. That’s exactly the plan of attack behind the recent surge in popularity of Rihanna’s S&M. Take the song and add Britney Spears to give you this week’s Worst of Music. Continue reading
I never thought I’d say this but I’ve actually missed Britney Spears. Her albums are basically Worst of Music anthologies. If you ever need an easy target to pick for a bad song, Britney is a good place to go. That’s well illustrated by the fact that Till the World Ends is the second single off Britney’s new Femme Fatale album that I’ve named the Worst of Music. Continue reading