Don't Use Burner Accounts

RIP Anthony Bourdain. Here's his first piece from the New Yorker that launched his writing career.

MUSIC & INDUSTRY


Mere weeks after Spotify rolled out a "hate content and hateful conduct policy," they’re walking it back due to music industry backlash. Spotify discovered that (surprise, surprise) censorship is incredibly challenging. They didn't establish a standard to apply uniformly, which opened them up to critiques claiming they were only targeting hip-hop artists. Spotify should be commended for sticking their neck out here, but this incident illustrated that their primary function is distribution – they don't own the content they're serving on their platform. Continuing this line of logic, the parties who bear the responsibility of holding misbehavior to account are record labels and, more importantly, fans that continue to support artists in question.

BRANDS & BANDS


The Philadelphia 76ers GM just ran a master class on how NOT to use Twitter. It all started when a tip went to a reporter about five Twitter accounts, all seemingly controlled by Colangelo. The accounts criticized some of Colangelo's own players, disclosed private medical information, heaped praise on Colangelo and criticized his predecessor Sam Hinkie. In a canny move, the reporter contacted the Sixers organization inquiring about two of the accounts. Immediately after, the remaining three accounts - which the reporter hadn't asked about - switched to their settings private. Oops! The pièce de résistance was this tweet by Sixers star Joel Embiid dunking Colangelo. In a not-so-shocking turn of events, Colangelo then resigned from his job.

RESEARCH & INSIGHTS


When telephones first proliferated early in the 20th century, Alexander Bell wanted people to answer calls with "Ahoy-hoy," as it was considered gauche to begin a conversation with "hello?" Putting aside language etiquette, the telephone relied on at least one form of decency: that someone would answer when it rang. But do you still answer your phone when you don't know the caller? Sure, there's a whole galaxy of new, rich ways to communicate, but there's something else going on. Last month there were 3.4 billion spam robocalls, a new record. And the FTC can't seem to slow this trend down. It's a shame too, because a phone call can be productive and refreshing after spending all day responding to emails and chatting on Slack.

EVERYTHING ELSE


LISTEN


Prince
Mary Don't You Weep
Reply All
#122 The QAnon Code

LOOK


A$AP Ferg
Harlem Anthem
Guerrilla Girls

WEEKEND PLAYLIST

FACTORY FLOOR


2018 Gov Ball NYC Edition

Gov Ball NYC “security” snaps while Factory’s Sydney holds back the line for the viewing deck in a sea of music fans. 
Recent ThinkLA IDEA Client of Year award-winner Susie Rossick standing proud at Gov Ball NYC last weekend!
Mr. Peabody, hard at work in the boneyard.

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