Whatever & Ever Today: Facebook Sort Of Apologizes, Elvis Costello & The Roots Collaborate, and Great Dance Albums

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Facebook tries to save face with advertisers through human decency, Elvis Costello and The Roots team up, and dance hits get playlisted.

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Facebook Realizes Violence Against Women Counts As Hate Speech

This past week, those in charge of deleting offensive content on Facebook have been seemingly AFK as lots of disgusting and misogynistic material has stayed on the social media site. After losing 15 major advertisers and making those following the story collectively sigh, “what the hell, Facebook?” the website decided to post a lengthy explanation and apology saying that yeah, you’re right, pro-rape postings do count as hate-speech and should be deleted. About time; but it’s still disheartening to see that it took this long for Facebook to take action.

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(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Elvis Costello, The Roots, & A New Album

Two very well liked and respected acts are collaborating to make a new record and it will be released later this fall. Elvis Costello and The Roots will put out Wise Up Ghost September 17, through Blue Note Records. Elvis met the Roots during multiple appearances on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon where the Roots play as a house band. What originally started out as just a Record Store Day single quickly became a full album that apparently is “stark and dark on the music, [and] Elvis went HAM on some ole Ezra Pound shit.” Though it’s hard to know what that exactly means, it nonetheless will prove to be a highly anticipated album.

If You Liked That New Daft Punk LP…

Helmet-donning French duo Daft Punk has been “Doin’ It Right” with its highly acclaimed Random Access Memories reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Charts. The album beat out industry forecasts by selling a whopping 339,000 copies and overtook the top spot from Vampire Weekend. Random Access Memories has been outsold in first week 2013 sales only by Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience which saw a staggering 968,000 sold. With Daft Punk’s lead single “Get Lucky” breaking streaming records and being the likely pop single of the year, it’s obvious that people really like Daft Punk. Because of this, Vulture compiled an excellent list of albums that Daft Punk fans may have missed. These eclectic recommendations include full-lengths from Donna Summer, Giorgio Moroder, Michael Jackson, and even Neil Young.

Whatever & Ever Today is written by amateur botanist Josh Terry

  • Alexandra Gregorski

    Bravo to Facebook for (finally) taking a stance against hate speech and rape culture. Social media is a main player in the spreading of acceptable norms and violence against women needs to be regarded as one of the top areas of concern in this country if it’s ever going to get better.

    • http://theairspace.net/ Blake J. Graham

      It’ll be interesting to see the role Facebook falls into going forward: whether they will take an active stance, or a passive one (where they only make changes after advertisers leave and there’s public outcry).

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