On this week’s If Then, Will Oremus and April Glaser are joined once again by their Slate colleague Mark Joseph Stern to make sense of what a Kavanaugh court might mean for the internet going forward.
Then, they are joined by music and technology writer David Turner, who pens the weekly newsletter Penny Fractions, which is all about the economics and culture of music streaming. They talk to him about how streaming works for artists and if there’s anything they can do to push back against the streaming giants like Spotify, Apple, and YouTube. They also talk about some of the surprising ways in which streaming is changing music itself.
13:24 - Interview with David Turner
33:57 - Don’t Close My Tabs
Stories discussed on the show:
- Slate: Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Nomination Is Bad News for an Open Internet
- Vulture: Migos’ Culture II Isn’t an Album, It’s a Data Dump
- Penny Fractions newsletter by David Turner
- The Washington Post: Spotify Removes R. Kelly From Automated Playlists, Announces New Hate Content Policy
Don’t Close My Tabs:
- The New York Times: How Much Hotter Is Your Hometown Than When You Were Born?
- BuzzFeed News: How Duterte Used Facebook to Fuel the Philippine Drug War
- The New Yorker: The Shaming of Geoffrey Owens and the Inability to See Actors as Laborers Too
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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