Making successful software requires experience in the liberal arts. At least, that’s what Marianne Belloti says. Having had exposure to both programming and the liberal arts, she thinks that this is necessary because the liberal arts give insight into how people think, behave, and organize. Knowing how people work would make it easier for programmers to build software that people will find intuitive and useful. Liberal arts also complements programming because it teaches people critical thinking too. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here