Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Teenagers Who Are Better Than You

So I wrote a piece for almost-Seattle-based Yes! Magazine's website and here it is:

These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Insane Tech Solutions

I'm not wild about the title because "insane" is an ableist slur that oppresses the mentally ill but hey, I'm mentally ill and this is benefiting me, right? I'll try to get them to let me write a piece on mental illness to make up for it.

Anyway, this magazine is legitimate stuff, and I'm getting paid for the work I'm doing for them. This is a really big step for me and it's totally going to lead to more freelance work until I can just write cool shit like this for a living and stay home all the time and blog and yeaahhhhhhhhhhh I'm awesome.

Animated gif of some singer guy dancing white pointing toward the sky with both hands with the caption "totally awesome."

1 comment:

saber86 said...

I see that "Insane" has been removed from the headline. Now if Cracked and some other webzines would stop using that and similar words, the world might get a little brighter.

Good article, but I think the Daltrey thing wasn't the best idea for a lede. Eh, I'm just an old phart, anyway. I tried for an hour to find the original interview, but it was a selection of quotes only. Sad. Quoting out of context seems to be the done thing on both sides of the pond.
Not you, the Mail. As a former journalist and editor, it cranks me no end to read these types of articles (interview with no actual interview printed/used) because the most outrageous quotes always get cherry-picked by reporters, editors, or both. Grrr.

I can see Daltrey's point; where are the Jefferson Airplanes of the 2000s, and why are CSN still better at protest music than nearly any current bands or musicians? Yeah, it's a generational thing, but the musicians who gained fame during the 1960s and 1970s rode the crest of a protest wave that still influences artists today. Which it should.

Rap and hip-hop deserve recognition as protest music. They seem to have developed in vague parallel to rock and pop, respectively. I think I need to read more on R & H-H though, especially the development of both.

Have you considered writing an article on the contemporary musicians who have political/social protest as the basis for their work? I'd read the hell outta that. Might give an old phart some comfort. ;-)