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Bon Iver i,i: Album Review

It’s been a while since Bon Iver came out with an album since “22, A Million” in 2016, which grew on me nicely. The combination of folk, indie, electronica and glitch was overwhelming but pleasantly so. Like its predecessor, the “i,i” title and track list had me rolling my eyes because, well, it is very ostentatious. Bon is unapologetically that guy though and he’s always walked into projects with an air of pretension around him. I like this side of him most of the time. He gets away with it. I’m not much for some other artists who do the same like Francis and The Lights .

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Thoughts on Nostalgia and an American Mid-Life Crisis

The 20th century started with an explosion of futurism, forward progress, excitement for a new world with quickly emerging technologies and it ended with nostalgia. The 21st century continues to grow at an exponential rate. Technology is improving faster than we can keep up with. Advancements in the medical field, business, transportation and entertainment continue to climb quickly. However, we desire to hit pause instead of riding this wave into a different earth, an unfamiliar future, a future that is at this point inevitable. We have hit pause globally.

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Social Currency & Cancel Culture

The social market is as volatile as a Wall Street floor, and if you aren’t willing to learn or keep up, there’s the door. I am a product of my generation, so naturally I want my hand in social currency - a currency that has gone beyond a single unit value. Now it can be traded, manipulated and fabricated altogether, much like what we see in financial institutions. Social media is world number 2, or rather version 1.5. It may have parallels to the real world but the meat on its bones is still rare. And I’m not sure we want to see world number 2, for despite the attraction of a pretty new future, we have a lot to understand and more importantly, to fix.

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19th Century Rhetoric, Campaigning & A Poem by Abraham Lincoln

The ability to sway public opinion through speeches and political drama has always been of utmost importance for a presidential nominee. In Abraham Lincoln’s 19th century political landscape, speeches that managed to reach local and national press was the only path to political success. Their speeches needed to be well-versed, well-spoken and well-received. And if one of these elements was weaker than the other, his influential power would suffer. Research has shown that contemporary campaigning also favors memorable speeches for popularity gain.

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