Another week, another single I like.
It’s probably safe to call me a film geek, and most years, I have seen at least some of the movies nominated at the Academy Awards. This year, though, I didn’t even know the show was on until someone mentioned Anthony Hopkins won best male actor. I suppose it’s the combination of kids and Covid. Or maybe it’s just me getting older.
The Super League's Own Goal ➜
I’m not a big soccer guy, but I understand why the Super League is enraging the fans. Phil of All That is Solid explains why it might also be a bad move for the owners:
Winning and losing have consequences: trophies and titles are always aspirational, but the struggle to maintain one’s standing in the rankings is the meat and gravy of football. Games might always be games, but it’s the stakes invested in them that matter, which probably helps explain why friendly matches never generate as much of a buzz. The super league might have its own title, but there is no price for failure. Coming at the bottom of the league does not mean relegation, nor are there any routes into the league. It is entirely closed up, a hermetically sealed panic room insulating self-styled elite clubs from the competition. This is nothing other than an attempt at an oligopoly.
The top clubs are owned by hyper capitalists and venture funds, so the fix is likely already in. But wouldn’t it be sort of nice if everyone said “enough’s enough” and just watched some other league?
Update: Looks like I was too cynical and that the whole thing collapsed after barely 48 hours. That said, I think something like this will still happen, but they’ll ned to be more circumspect about it.
Spotify Continues to Remove Episodes of Joe Rogan’s Podcast ➜
I am not a fan of Rogan’s podcast; I think it sounds like if you grafted a mouth onto a lifted Dodge Ram covered in Punisher decals.
Ouch. Nick Heer has opinions.
Typically gorgeous track from Frøkedal, taken from her upcoming album Flora.
Quite enjoying Cheater, the new album from Norway’s Pom Poko. It really hits the sweet spot for jangly noise and pretty vocals, and if, like me, your formative years were the 90s, you’ll find a lot to like here. If you like what you hear, support the band on Bandcamp.
Two types of recovery from the COVID recession, or how you cannot effectively fight plutocratic populism by returning to the recent past ➜
[T]his plutocracy cannot be fought with a return to what went as normal before, because what went as normal before created the plutocracy that we are trying to escape from. Fighting for democracy requires a turn to the left (in economic terms), and that is what we are seeing in the US. The reason is quite simple – without radical economic change in a left wing direction the reasons why enough people in the US voted for Trump will re-emerge. Moving left does not guarantee that will not happen, but it gives democracy a fighting chance. Returning to the neoliberalism that created Trump is just asking for a return of Trump.