I read some stuff this week. You can read it too!
- Two pieces about indie music labels this week: one by Ryan Bassil of Noisey, and one by Allyson McCabe of NPR. In an increasingly fractured and digital music market, major labels have less clout than ever before. With the advent of small “label services” companies, some artists are even opting to self-release their music. The Internet has made discoverability less of a problem for independent artists. It’s a bright new future in the music industry, and I couldn’t be more excited.
- Two pieces from Cracked this week: one by Adam Wears and Sam Jackson about the dangers of conspiracy theories, and one by Mark Hill that consulted astronaut Chris Hadfield for some interesting facts about life in space.
- Writing for Kotaku, Cameron Gidari explains how the video game industry continually fails colourblind gamers by using colour schemes that are hard for them process. It’s a fascinating look at how unintentional ableism manifests itself and how easy it might be to solve it.
- Writing for Medium, Zach Weinersmith, better known as the guy behind Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, explains how government agencies are using humour and lightheartedness to normalize invasions of our privacy. Basic summary of the piece: don’t piss on my leg and tell me it’s raining.
Alright, that’s enough for this week. I’ve got laundry to do. Of course, if you’re working for the NSA, you probably already knew that.