Why are we so addicted to our phones? Perhaps it’s due to the ocean of text available at our fingertips. Text has a way of making us look at the world in an abstract way, where we see the world as if we weren’t part of it, just looking down from above. It’s hypothesised that, as humans have been surrounded by text for centuries, we’ve become increasingly detached from the “real” world, which might be why it feels weird when we’re not reading anything at all. 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