Safe From Harm: Drugs and Festival Culture

Ultimately, harm reduction is about spreading awareness and destigmatizing an issue that is taboo despite its ubiquity. Denying people tools and information that could save their lives by stopping the spread of adulterated pills only increases the chances of people dying from them—a phenomenon that’s become all too common in recent months. Pretending that people don’t do drugs at music festivals limits the public’s awareness about risk and the festival’s ability to mitigate danger. And blaming the victims of drug-related deaths denies our shared integrity. When it comes to the big business of music festivals, a climate of denial isn’t safe for anyone. Promoting awareness is not an endorsement of recklessness: it’s a courtesy that saves lives.

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"Anaconda", "Pacific State", "Sueño Latino", and the Story of a Sample That Keeps Coming Back


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The real rap stars of Atlanta: A new generation of producers working at the speed of sound

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What Went Wrong at the Strangest Tennis Match You Never Knew Occurred?

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The Last Ride | The Classical

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As popularly conceived, however, the bucket list is far from being a reckoning with the weight of love in extremis, or an ethical or moral accounting. More often, it partakes of a commodification of cultural experience, in which every expedition made, and every artwork encountered, is reduced to an item on a checklist to be got through, rather than being worthy of repeated or extended engagement. Dropping by Stonehenge for ten minutes and then announcing you’ve crossed it off your bucket list suggests that seeing Stonehenge—or beholding the Taj Mahal, or visiting the Louvre, or observing a pride of lions slumbering under a tree in the Maasai Mara—is something that, having been done, can be considered done with.

This is the YOLO-ization of cultural experience, whereby the pursuit of fleeting novelty is granted greater value than a patient dedication to an enduring attention—an attention which might ultimately enlarge the self, and not just pad one’s experiential résumé. The notion of the bucket list legitimizes this diminished conception of the value of repeated exposure to art and culture. Rather, it privileges a restless consumption, a hungry appetite for the new.

Rebecca Mead, "Kicking the Bucket List"

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The urge to call out others for what you perceive as their bad choices is destructive in a labor economy where, despite gains in overall unemployment rate, workers still have remarkably little bargaining power, thanks to underemployment, lack of benefits, low pay, and poor hours. Rather than succumbing to our petty insecurities by blaming others for their economic conditions, we need to look at the macroeconomic factors that are hurting our labor markets. We need to recognize that automation and artificial intelligence are pushing us towards a new era of work– one with tremendous potential productivity gains, but also tremendous uncertainty for labor, even educated labor. It’s time to stop calling people chumps and start building the kind of social system that can guarantee basic material security for all of our people, so that we can all share in the staggering gains of efficiency and productivity that technology is bringing about.

Freddie deBoer, "We Are All Chumps Now"

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After His Public Downfall, Sin City's Frank Miller Is Back (And Not Sorry) | WIRED

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