In a decision with potentially large ramifications, New York Federal Judge LaShann DeArcy Hall won't dismiss a libel suit against "Shitty Media Men" creator Moira Donegan.
Explaining, the judge says it is possible that Donegan created the entry herself. The judge believes that Elliott should be able to explore whether the entry was fabricated. Accordingly, discovery proceeds, which will now put pressure on Google to respond to broad subpoena demands. The next motion stage could feature a high-stakes one about the reaches of CDA 230.
Let’s say you’ve got the traditional four instruments (lead guitar, bass guitar, drums, and either a piano or a rhythm guitar), a decent enough lead singer, and a nice sentiment to sing about. Add some sweet production values and voilà. You might find yourself with a catchy song.
How can we tell the good songs from the great songs, though?
Strip everything away and make a minimalist version of it.
Watch this. See how this song…
Turns into *THIS* song…
Now, of course, it’s unfair to compare any work that isn’t played by Pete Townshend to a work that is, but in stripping the song down, he’s effectively stripping the gaudy paint off of a classical statue and a good song is revealed to have a great song hiding underneath it.
As I forgot to start a fight yesterday, I’ll start one today by saying that this is the best minimalist cover and, indeed, making minimalist versions of a song is the best way to unearth whatever is lying underneath a good (if overproduced) song.
Of course, if you don’t want to fight, you can always just talk about what you happen to be listening to.