On things briefly and in general

Forcible dissemination of a trinket that statistics suggest is useless to 498 million of the 500 million people who received it is a simple demonstration of privilege: U2 is among the few bands with the grandfathered-in industry connections to get accomplish something so absurd—and have Apple pay a nominal fee for each copy, no less…

There’s also an admission of failure here. The swift delivery of a removal tool is an admission by Apple that was a bad idea. U2’s decision to promote by spam acknowledges delusions of grandeur in which it makes more sense to manipulate 15 percent of the world population rather than create art for true fans. It is not especially difficult to procure new music, whether through iTunes or elsewhere, so this rush to remove the one click required to do so seals iTunes’s fate as a sterile technological platform, not the cultural force it aspired to when it launched in 2003. Furthering cultural goals through iTunes now requires the special privilege of deviating from standard operating procedures; to date, this has been granted only to the sole band for whom Apple has ever built customized hardware.

From Wired’s Apple’s Devious U2 Album Giveaway Is Even Worse Than Spam.

U2, heretofore known only as the white privilege band

  Why are blue-inked pens so widely accepted as appropriate and professional in comparison to other colored pens?

Why are blue-inked pens so widely accepted as appropriate and professional in comparison to other colored pens?

norpoorht asked:

Why is the NFL woman beater considered art today? Is Hyperallergic losing focus? There are plenty of places to voice concern. Maybe a painting to condemn violence in all aspects—not just millionaire football degenerates beating up their wives. You are an art blogazine—not a left or right Fox News. Art = painters, sculptors, maybe conceptualites on a weak day. Overall, art is production, not commentary. There is no art to beating up your loved ones.


Mr. Throop, I think you may have misunderstood the post regarding Ray Rice. Hyperallergic’s post was about the creation of a new meme that used aphorisms used by artist Jenny Holzer from her Truisms series overlaid on images of football players, which inspired Hyperallergic Editor-in-Chief Hrag Vartanian to do the same with Ray Rice in particular. The post was not meant to be seen merely as a mouthpiece against domestic violence, but as a take on the representation of celebrity/sports culture. The re-contextualization of Truisms serves to imbue Holzer’s sayings and our ideas about football players with deeper meaning, not without irony.

Hyperallergic is invested in discussing art and contemporary visual culture, internet ephemera very much included. The intersection of art (particularly well-known artists such as Holzer) and current events and media as explored by visual cultural production online is especially relevant to Hyperallergic’s misson to be “a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.”

Regardless, art can be production AND commentary, and encompasses media and material much broader than just painting and sculpture.

For the win