“This EMP discussion, “Queen Bey and Her Court,” will focus on two prevailing but under-explored themes in her career—mobility and movement—in order to understand her own acts of self-fashioning (for example, her tightly curated confessionals, the “Knowles” machine, and her kinesthetic, vocal, and class mobility) and her “court” (such as her cultural imprint, social media impact, and historical legacy). These twin themes also offer us an opportunity to work through some of the more conflicted aspects of her career as well as space to discuss the contradictions and pressures that many contemporary female musicians (and audience members) experience in the wake of her reign.”—Queen Bey and Her Court: A Critical Roundtable
“Say What? Karaoke started up that summer, and Carson was supposed to have hosted it, but couldn’t make the first tape date owing to some travel snafu, so they put me in at the last minute and I accidentally ended up hosting it for three years.”—Dave Holmes has the best stories.
“This isn’t the first time Finger has paid tribute to an entertainment property through social media. In 2011, he and similarly inclined friend Lindsey Weber created a parody Twitter account for the movie We Bought a Zoo, which chronicled a family’s efforts to live with the zoo they’d purchased, as a movie adapted from their predicament rolled out in theaters. Within days, it attracted thousands of followers.”—
“I would say, first of all, hey, I’m sure he’s got lots of people talking to him right now. I would just invite him to come down and chill out with me, maybe in Tennessee,” Cyrus said. “Let’s go up to the teepee, build a fire, step away and just, you know, maybe take a break for a little bit, just think about what’s important. Get back to life. … Build a fire, count the deer and the hawks and relax a little bit.”—Billy Ray Cyrus’ Advice to Justin Bieber
“Maybe I’m taking this too far but I see this as a reflection of what’s happening politically. The critic appeared around the same time as representative democracy and the appearance of Yelp as a critic seems to coincide with a post-democratic governance, or whatever you’d call it. “Corporations are people” now and the government serves those corporate people with the nominal default approval of the humans born on its land who don’t bother to leave. There are polls for measuring how people FEEL about govt performance but no real means of DOING anything with those feelings. Measurements of public opinion have nothing to do with real power—citizenship is the same kind of visible invisibility available on Yelp. As citizens we’re like users, powerless even when active or “elite,” giving the corporate people license to do what they want just by continuing to live. So I see Yelp as a model for how society works now. And that’s what makes Yelp interesting If a little frightening/depressing. As a tool for understanding how things are in the world, it’s useful.”—Brian D.’s Review of Yelp on Yelp
“I never told you this, Kristen, but when we were recording Katie for the first time for “Do You Want to Build a Snowman?” she said to me, “You know, I think a 5-year-old would say, ‘Do you want to make a snowman?’ She wouldn’t say, ‘Do you want to build a snowman?’” And I said, “You know what, you’re right. But I just like ‘build’ better.””—Frozen Songwriting Team Rates Fan Homages