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Entertainment Industry: Mental Illness is when someone goes around trying to turn ordinary people into monsters and aims to destroy civilization everywhere.

Me: *distracted - trying to get the quivering monster, Social Anxiety Disorder, dressed so she looks exactly like someone who should work for the company she has an interview with while trying to keep Panic Attack out of the room*

When you realize that Lyor Cohen, CEO of Island Def Jam Records, told the band Hanson that their uphill struggle in getting their next record made was not only a subversive attempt to be dropped from the label, but also because some artists “like to be tortured” in order to spur the creative process.

I’m telling you, nothing about One Direction’s situation is ordinary for artists in the industry, and yet it’s incredibly typical for a very specific business model. Their label has never been interested in developing them as artists and evolving their creative process, never. In these boys you’ve got more than you bargained for. You don’t just have five pretty faces who wanted to sing and dance and make a dollar and then move on, you had five young men who were truly committed to making art their lifelong venture. Your business model developed deep passion and reciprocal commitment amongst the fans of this band. The problem here is in taking individual drives and personalities and mixing those with a dual business model that combines the traditional boy band set-up that’s a fairly standard model -flash in the pan, very little focus on development or artistic progression or evolution, all about the money- with maturing fans who remain committed and want to see an artist they feel a personal investment in take that next step forward.

Hanson came about at a very strange time in American music landscape. We were steaming fast toward the flashy teen pop craze of the late 90′s (The Backstreet Boys self-titled debut album debuted the year before Hanson’s debut Middle of Nowhere, and *NSYNC’s first album debuted the same year, though Britney Spears wouldn’t premiere for another two years, and same with Christina Aguilera). Hanson fit the age demographic of these same acts, Isaac Hanson was seventeen, Taylor Hanson was fifteen, and Zac Hanson was twelve, when Middle of Nowhere debuted. But their music was always and had always been technically superior and vastly more mature. MMMBop was this catchy tune that saturated basically everything, everywhere, and everyone in 1997. You couldn’t go anywhere without hearing that song.

But their documentary “Strong Enough to Break” shows what happens when an artist in a broken industry attempts to exert any control whatsoever over their own art while under a label that either doesn’t know what to do with them or has very specific plans for them that the artist isn’t going along with or living up to. In Hanson’s case, the label wanted another MMMBop– they wanted catchy, snappy, feel good pop music with a rock “edge”. I’m sure that had Hanson rolled over and played dead with IDJ, they could’ve cranked out more highly manufactured pop-rock tunes to fill a niche in the glossed over market. What they wanted, though, was something vastly different. They wanted to grow.

In One Direction’s case, there’s a reason they’ve worked with the same writers and producers (give or take a few here and there) for their first two and then their second two albums. What this does from a label perspective is give an illusion of artistic development while still maintaining the bottom line of their model, which is to crank out as many albums in as many years as is allowed. Simon Cowell has no interest in seeing any of those young men become respected industry presences for their writing, producing, or artistic talent. His interest lies purely with money. And when comparing One Direction with Hanson, an organically developed act with good people behind them from the start (who had their interests in mind), the deck is stacked against them.

I think the catalyst for change with these boys will live and die in the next six months to a year. The fanbase is there and wants to support them, the talent is very obviously there and has been displayed time and again, now it’s about making good decisions. I’ve no doubt contracts and releases have already been signed, but I do hope for their sake that these are decisions that give THEM freedom and peace of mind to continue to develop their creative process.

I truly don’t think this is the last of One Direction.

Match of the Day II, 2005, Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO, collaboration between Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson), as Old God and Young God, play table football, first to 100 goals, on the promontory point by North Avenue beach.  Photo: Greg Stimac  (Click to see larger)

“But within minutes, it’s obvious that this isn’t your average manufactured music industry 17-going-on-27-year-old. She is hiding - like any ordinary teenager - behind a wall of extension-free hair. It is almost impossible to believe that this slight, hesitant girl could be the same person whose singing voice entranced the 80,000 spectators in the Olympic stadium last year …”

A few issues within the fashion industry that the law chooses to ignore:

1: Ilegal fur and killing of animals.

2: Child exploitation.

3: Forced anorexia.

4: Physical and sexual abuse towards models.

5: Racism and LGBTQA+ Phobia.

The law has a lazy attitude towards the fashion industry and this gives respectable figures of authority a platform to carry out these supposedly illegal and unnaceptable acts. However this is the way it’s always been and many people can preach and shout about change, and how it’s wrong and should be stopped but it won’t.

Hypothetically applying fashion to Marxist-type theory: casting directors, magazine editors, managers, notable journalists and many more, could almost be seen as the ‘‘capitalists’‘ of the fashion industry. The people in power, the people who are in charge. Ordinary people like ourselves, young and naive models, innocent animals, LGBTQA+  and many more minorities are the ones who are being almost exploited by these people. And we can’t do a damn thing about it because the ones in power are the ones who call the shots within this industry. They can do what they want, say what they like, and whatever controversy we kick up against them won’t affect them in the slightest because somehow, the law manages to turn their noses up and ignore the acts that are happening right in front of them. The worst part is, is that the law knows this is happening, yet nobody gives a damn or just chooses to ignore it.

The point is, there are so many morally wrong issues that are predominant within the fashion industry in this day and age, more than ever, yet magazines stick to reporting about the Gucci watch Kendall Jenner was wearing yesterday, or the same old recycled article on whether Instagram influences fashion within the modern era. Nobody pays attention to the bigger fish, and they just keep swimming away from us. I’m sick and tired of everyone treating fashion like a joke, or it’s an open-minded, beautiful and exciting industry full of creativity and innovation. I’m not laughing anymore.

reuters.com
California activists want water restrictions to include oil industry

California should require oil producers to cut their water usage as part of the administration’s efforts to conserve water in the drought-ravaged state, environmentalists said on Wednesday.

Governor Jerry Brown ordered the first statewide mandatory water restrictions on Wednesday, directing cities and communities to cut their consumption by 25 percent. But the order does not require oil producers to cut their usage nor does it place a temporary halt on the water intensive practice of hydraulic fracturing.

California’s oil and gas industry uses more than 2 million gallons of fresh water a day to produce oil through well stimulation practices including fracking, acidizing and steam injection, according to estimates by environmentalists. The state is expected to release official numbers on the industry’s water consumption in the coming days.

“Governor Brown is forcing ordinary Californians to shoulder the burden of the drought by cutting their personal water use while giving the oil industry a continuing license to break the law and poison our water,” said Zack Malitz of environmental group Credo.

“Fracking and toxic injection wells may not be the largest uses of water in California, but they are undoubtedly some of the stupidest,” he said.

The industry has received scrutiny for how it disposes of undrinkable water produced during oil drilling. Last month the state ordered the operators of 12 wells to halt injections of the water out of fear that it could contaminate fresh drinking water supplies.

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