IQ + Effort – Bias = the foundations of a meritocracy. This review of a panel-based discussion dives into the issues of a meritocratic system; supposedly a system that prospers those who provide the most value, the panellists reveal that issues lie in what constitutes merit: “[I]f you define merit as having blue eyes…the fortunate part of society is going to figure out how to get blue eyes into their children.” Reinforcing this sentiment, in Greek, meritocracy and aristocracy mean the same thing: “rule by the best”. 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