Link love

Links are light this week for reasons that may become apparent in Monday’s post!  (If you note less variety and an even stronger economic slant than usual this week, that’s because #2 hasn’t had time or brain power to do much internet surfing this week.)

How to buy a gun in 15 countries

The myth of the male bumbler

Beautiful post from a gai shan life on moving forward after no longer financially supporting a father who stole over ten thousand dollars from her

Becoming accustomed to wealth

Here’s a post criticizing Bruno Mars.  The thing is, most white people (probably) think Bruno Mars is black and haven’t read the Wikipedia page that talks about his ancestry (Filipino, Puerto Riqueno, Ashkenazi Jewish)… if race is a construct, what is important, perception or reality? Probably a bit of both.  (And there’s also colorism no doubt at play.)  Like this author, I love Bruno Mars’ recent stuff because it’s an over the top throwback to the upbeat 1990s R&B I remember from growing up. (#2 is less nostalgic, but we both wish Salt and Pepa were played on the radio more)  He should definitely be more proactive about giving credit and royalties before the song becomes a hit (Taylor Swift is very good about doing this), but once the similarities are noticed, the original artists get a cut without fuss, probably a bigger one than they would have gotten a priori (which is probably why Taylor Swift is so good about buying rights beforehand!).

h/t delagar for this one– the payoff is at the end

A sweet throwback comment thread on what our readers call their grandparents

Volunteers thread together clues to uncover CSU collection’s mystery handkerchief owner

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6 Responses to “Link love”

  1. Leigh Says:

    I really enjoyed that GCC post – thanks for sharing it! Hope #2 is okay.

  2. yetanotherpfblog Says:

    I feel like as long as Bruno Mars is open about his background, credits black artists (/pays them if he samples), and uses his spotlight to raise up contemporary black musicians (which he does somewhat but could probably make more of an effort), then I’d rather save my ire for records execs that systematically select against black artists than musicians doing their thing.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      The economist in me thinks that “/pays them if he samples” part is really important!! Mostly he seems to be not fighting if he gets caught, which is somewhere between Taylor Swift (pre-emptively pays) and that loser Blurred Lines guy. I imagine as his fame continues to rise, he’ll start doing what Swift does– anonymously contacting artists in advance to purchase rights. (Now I have I’m too sexy/Look what you made me do stuck in my head.)

      • yetanotherpfblog Says:

        Yeah, that’s fair. You’d think his label would have started pre-screening his songs by now since having a reputation for purchasing rights beforehand would probably be better from a long term litigation perspective anyway? (Do labels have that sort of power? I clearly have no idea how the music biz works.) I don’t know enough about those complaints to know how much of his copying is wanton and how much of it is “this popped into my head and I didn’t realize it was yours first, sorry.” Insofar as he’s been doing the former and not paying up, that’s pretty sleazy.

      • nicoleandmaggie Says:

        I think he’s been inspired by a lot of songs that were inspired by other songs. If you listen to Uptown Funk (which was actually written by mark ronsen, but Finesse is similarly similar to earlier stuff), “Oops Upside Your Head,” “more bounce to the ounce” and “Funk you up” you can hear how it really is kind of a pastiche of all of them. That’s part of what makes his music so likable– it’s really familiar.


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