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MTV’s Powerful Ferguson PSA Puts the Issue Front and Center at the VMAs

With all eyes (or at least 10.1 million sets of ‘em, judging by last year’s ratings) on the Video Music Awards, MTV has decided to use its platform to make a statement on Ferguson. As reported by the Washington Post before Sunday night’s awards, MTV will be airing a 15-second video during the show entitled “Facing Change.” The short clip is simple: a soundtrack of Ferguson protesters chanting the protest’s signature rallying call, “Hands up, don’t shoot” with a quote by James Baldwin:

"Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

Thanks, MTV. Finally

Current Events. Or Nah?

So many depressing things happening in the world, I’m taking it all in, then blocking it all out. Thank God for this music, no other way to keep from watching the news all day, reading articles, and losing my mind from how insane things are everywhere. I found that the best way to achieve peace is to ignore everything that conflicts with it. Nowadays, I like my world to be filled with music, and women, so thats what I’m surrounding myself with. Well, mainly just music, but the music brings the women, or so I’ve heard, I don’t have much evidence to prove that at this point but it sounds suave. Pardon the digression, my real point is, there is so much craziness happening on this planet but, that doesn’t mean your own personal world, your life, has to follow suit. I feel everything and it’s draining, keeping up with current events sometimes is like watching dramatic films, no way you’re gonna get happy watching the notebook, saving private ryan and Titanic with all your spare time. Be informed, but don’t allow the current events to shape your world, you shape your world. You want your world to be happy right? Make it happen. Get it? Made sense? Hope so. 

GRANDIOR.

be better.

oh and by the way I just wrote the song that’s gonna get me the hell outta here. Exciting times are ahead. goodnight

shoutout to @chayseher, she just dropped her first EP “Purple Love” and its awesome. Do yourself a favor and go to soundcloud.com/chayseher and support! Shoutout to @camiamforever for the 🔥🔥🔥 production, great work yall #PurpleLove

shoutout to @chayseher, she just dropped her first EP “Purple Love” and its awesome. Do yourself a favor and go to soundcloud.com/chayseher and support! Shoutout to @camiamforever for the 🔥🔥🔥 production, great work yall #PurpleLove

by David Newhoff


“We all know the cliche, right? Free distribution made possible by Internet technology gives the artist exposure that will lead to otherwise hidden rewards; and so restricting use through ownership is anathema to the opportunity provided by social media. Bullshit. A friend just shared what may be the perfect real-life anecdote that gives lie to the culture of permissionlessness. Photographer Rachel Scroggins tells a story on her blog that so clearly demonstrates what happens in a society in which the creator of a work can disappear amid the frenzy of sharing.

In September of 2013, Scroggins explains that she took a photo of supermodel Karlie Kloss in the act of taking a selfie with her smart phone. Scroggins showed the photo to Kloss, who proceeded to share the image on Instagam without permission or a photo credit. I’m sure Kloss was not being deliberately unkind but was merely acting like a typical citizen in a time when the very idea of permission or credit has been culturally bred out of everyone’s consciousness. This degradation in the social contract is commonplace, but examples like this one don’t come along too often. Because when a supermodel shares a photo, it has a tendency to go kinda viral.

As Scroggins watched her unattributed image rack up about fourteen thousand views, she could only imagine the potential good it might have done her had Kloss simply understood how essential that credit is. Karlie Kloss did eventually apologize, but the image subsequently began to appear uncredited on numerous mainstream fashion websites all over the world. Thus, Scroggins proceeded to spend time and energy in that new, thankless and unpaid second job of the digital-age artist — chasing down infringers of her works. In some cases, she received apologies and compensation from the publications; but in many cases, she’s received little more than brush-offs and some reluctant acquiensce to her takedown requests. And she’s still chasing the photo around the web, “All because, as she says, “Karlie Kloss used my photograph and neglected to credit me properly.”

So, on behalf of all the artists like Rachel Scroggins, spending countless hours pursuing thousands or millions of casual, unattributed and permissionless uses through cyberspace, I have to say to y’all who claim the “exposure” is worth abdicating copyright, that you are so completely full of shit. Because while you — and I’m looking at you Mike Masnick — extoll the virtues of free, mass distribution for artists and creators, you simultaneously pimp out messages into the heads of beautiful users everywhere that the individual who made that work they’re “sharing” simply doesn’t exist anymore. Pity the same phenomenon has yet to fully manifest among those of you promoting lame ideas about copyright.”