I'm not really sure if other music streaming services do anything similar or not, but I haven't seen this with ones I've used before at least. It's a very nice feature.
For instance, "Affectivity must be channeled in socially-accepted ways. For the most part, “Rap” culture exalts anti-social affectivity." This to a large extent seems to demonstrate a tremendous disconnect to the subject matter on two points. For one, "socially-accepted ways" would, in many places, rule out any kind of definite religious or spiritual ways, at least any kind of public version of that, as in many places any kind of public (and sometimes even mostly private) demonstration of ones faith or religion is not "socially-accepted". For that matter, as the writer points out even, anything Catholic was not "socially-accepted" at many points during the development of this country.
The throw in non-argument of "Rap" culture just seems like a rehash of decades old resistance to a style of music common among youth and the poor that carried varied prejudices with it. It was silly back in the 80s when artists like Run DMC were accused of corrupting the youth and encouraging anti-social behavior, when they had from the outset attempted the exact opposite (they even had a song and video about it called "Mary, Mary"), and the group is a cornerstone of the roots of Rap music. They have themselves at times lamented the direction popular rap has sometimes taken, as they've explained what Rap music, and "Rap culture" (usually, this should be referenced as "hip-hop" culture, which "rap" music is only one aspect of) was really based around was an escape from a seemingly hopeless environment that presented an alternative to destructive behaviors like drug use, womanizing, and so forth. It has also been famously described as the voice of the poor, for good reason.
Even if you look at what would seem to be a counter example in influential artists like Public Enemy, it's easy to discern that their primary motivation was to highlight social injustices and eliminating complacency towards such injustices for the good of society (reform), rather than for it's harm.
Is popular "rap song" a great and positive influence on the audience? Certainly not, but the same could be said of nearly any musical genre (even, interestingly, classical music, which arguably has worse problems in examples like "The Mass of Life" based on Nietzschean philosophy).
Let me return to Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Many books have been written about the atomic bombings. I have lots of those books. I also have a stack of paper, nearing a thousand sheets in all, consisting of printouts from online arguments about the bombings.
What long has surprised me (perhaps dismayed is the better verb) is that most of the arguments about the bombings are not in terms of the argument from definition or even the argument from circumstances. They almost always are in terms of the argument from consequences.
The chief argument in favor of the bombings is that they saved lives, American and Japanese. The bombings are said to have been moral because they were “successful” by a certain measurement. Few commentators make any attempt to look further than that. Almost no commentator even alludes to the Just War Theory. This is true even of Catholic writers.
For the record, I've met some people that openly admit to, or proclaim even, "the ends justify the means" and even what is often similar "might makes right". So, such exist, but they are pretty rare.
“By making efforts to complete the fulfillment and happiness of heart and body, work and private life, and relationships with God and people in particular, we must begin building peace within ourselves,” the bishops’ statement emphasizes.
Also, I had thought Japan was simply limited in military size and capabilities due to the terms of surrender and post-war agreements. I had no idea they are constitutionally an anti-war country (the two things may still be related, but still interesting).
My brother's youtube channel a few months ago got hit with a copyright claim that would give the claimant any ad revenue generated from the video due to some "copyrighted visual material" in the video. However, the one bringing the claim owned nothing in the video whatsoever, and the singular image that wasn't owned by the channel was one officially released to Creative Commons by a different media company (something fairly rare to find, by the way). I've heard similar stories from other youtubers, including getting outright permission from copyright holders to use material and then getting slammed with strikes anyway from some other source.
Now, Highsmith has filed a $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty for “gross misuse” of 18,755 of her photographs. “The defendants [Getty Images] have apparently misappropriated Ms. Highsmith’s generous gift to the American people,” the complaint reads. “[They] are not only unlawfully charging licensing fees … but are falsely and fraudulently holding themselves out as the exclusive copyright owner.” According to the lawsuit, Getty and Alamy, on their websites, have been selling licenses for thousands of Highsmith’s photographs, many without her name attached to them and stamped with “false watermarks.”
Since 1988, Highsmith has been donating tens of thousands of photographs of people and places in the United States to the Library of Congress, making them free for public use. The institution calls the donation “one of the greatest acts of generosity in the history of the Library.” The Carol M. Highsmith Collection is featured in the library’s Prints & Photographs Division, alongside the likes of Dorothea Lange’s Dust Bowl and Depression photographs.
I'm not a libertarian, and I probably don't pay enough attention to their inner party politics, but... I don't know, that pick just confuses me the most anyway. Anyone have some insight?
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