Originally Posted by dwyhajlo
That Jay Z "Picasso Baby" fiasco is one of the most entertaining travesties to be perpetrated on the public in a long time. Hilarious and sad at the same time.
The artistic part is that a multimillionaire managed to get people to embarrass themselves in front of dozens of people in person - and millions via the Internet - all for the profit of said multimillionaire. It really makes you think about capitalism, etc. Jay Z has always been an "artist"; that he has an abiding contempt for the majority of his audience is intrinsic to his work.
Reminds me of this video
in a way.
makes me think of this review of magna carta:
"Eight summers ago, Jay-Z described his impossible journey from no-name to brand name in eight sly words: “I’m not a businessman/I’m a business, man.”
A triumphant little zinger, no doubt. But what about the rest of us? When an artist self-identifies as a corporate entity, are we still Jay-Z fans? Or are we Jay-Z customers?
Here’s how it worked: Samsung purchased a million copies of “Magna Carta” in advance, then, via the app, made the album available to subscribers five days before its widespread release. In exchange, users were asked to share access to their social media accounts, their phone calls, their GPS location and more. If the medium is the message, we finally had an answer to that fan-or-customer question.
And now who would want to be either? Throughout “Magna Carta,” the 43-year-old pretends he’s a threat to a system he’s so eagerly become a part of, as if his life as a champion capitalist is some perpetually escalating act of subversion. Hooray? Rooting for this man in 2013 is like rooting for Pfizer. Or PepsiCo. Or PRISM."
rest available here: http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-07-08/entertainment/40440751_1_magna-carta-holy-grail-jay-z-fans
there are some issues with the review, like the fact that your information is being collected anytime you buy something online, whether you sign up or not, samsung/jay-z aren't doing anything unusual there, i suppose. but i still mostly agree with the sentiment.