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March 26th, 2012
thesmithian
"You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself." —Diana Ross
She was born on this day (1944) in Detroit, Michigan.
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art: photo by Harry Langdon, 1975

"You know, you do need mentors, but in the end, you really just need to believe in yourself." —Diana Ross

She was born on this day (1944) in Detroit, Michigan.

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art: photo by Harry Langdon, 1975



April 25th, 2011
thesmithian

…narcissism and hostility in  popular music…the words “I” and “me” appear more  frequently along with anger-related words, while there’s been a  corresponding decline in “we” and “us” and the expression of positive  emotions…Defining the personality of a generation with song lyrics may seem a bit  of a reach, but Dr. DeWall points to research done by his co-authors  that showed people of the same age scoring higher in measures of  narcissism on some personality tests. The extent and meaning of this  trend have been hotly debated by psychologists, some of whom question  the tests’ usefulness and say that young people today aren’t any more  self-centered than those of earlier generations. The new study of song  lyrics certainly won’t end the debate, but it does offer another way to  gauge self-absorption: the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The researchers find  that hit songs in the 1980s were more likely to emphasize happy  togetherness, like the racial harmony sought by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in “Ebony and Ivory” and the group exuberance promoted by Kool & the Gang: “Let’s all celebrate and have a good time.” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie sang of “two hearts that beat as one,” and John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” emphasized the preciousness of “our life together.” Today’s songs…are more likely be about one very special person: the singer.

more, here.

…narcissism and hostility in popular music…the words “I” and “me” appear more frequently along with anger-related words, while there’s been a corresponding decline in “we” and “us” and the expression of positive emotions…Defining the personality of a generation with song lyrics may seem a bit of a reach, but Dr. DeWall points to research done by his co-authors that showed people of the same age scoring higher in measures of narcissism on some personality tests. The extent and meaning of this trend have been hotly debated by psychologists, some of whom question the tests’ usefulness and say that young people today aren’t any more self-centered than those of earlier generations. The new study of song lyrics certainly won’t end the debate, but it does offer another way to gauge self-absorption: the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The researchers find that hit songs in the 1980s were more likely to emphasize happy togetherness, like the racial harmony sought by Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder in “Ebony and Ivory” and the group exuberance promoted by Kool & the Gang: “Let’s all celebrate and have a good time.” Diana Ross and Lionel Richie sang of “two hearts that beat as one,” and John Lennon’s “(Just Like) Starting Over” emphasized the preciousness of “our life together.” Today’s songs…are more likely be about one very special person: the singer.

more, here.

December 21st, 2010
thesmithian
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art: by Richard Bernstein

[look of the hour]

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art: by Richard Bernstein

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