The FREAKest Links: Forgiving Chimps and Airport Machetes Edition

Via Reuters: A study led by Max Planck Institute biologist Keith Jensen found that, unlike humans, chimpanzees are capable of revenge but not spite. Researchers tested the apes’ reactions to theft by their peers using collapsible tables that allowed chimps to steal food from each other. While the chimps who were left hungry later sought revenge as punishment, they showed no sign of upset over injustice.

After Levitt managed to sneak a knife past the checkpoints at O’Hare, the Wall Street Journal reports that airports are still collecting thousands of dangerous objects, including hammers, saws, electric drills and guns, from passengers attempting to board flights. Truckloads of confiscated items later find their way to warehouses or cheap local auctions.

Via the Salt Lake Tribune: University of Florida graduate student Chad Swiatowicz has performed a comparison of song lyrics from the past two generations, finding that earlier songs were “more likely to address broader social issues,” while modern lyrics focus more on “subjects such as self-esteem, depression and anxiety.”


Mack

earlier songs were “more likely to address broader social issues”

Gee, cherry-pick much?

egretman

Just file all of these under "baby boomer contradictions."

suntzusjb

Contemporary Alternative Rock lyrics are nothing but whine, whine, whine.

razzmatazz

i don't know if it is fair to say that quote "Today's pop music lacks global view" when clearly today's music in all it's anxiety and depression is more likely an artifact of our global view...

earlier songs quote "encouraged people to live peaceful lives, free of hatred and oppression" but with today's media bringing the conflict frontlines and bad news of even the smallest, most rural township in china straight to our inboxes and browser homepages, we now see that this peaceful, hate-less world is just impossible!

Auspex

One of this blog's old lunatic trolls named Debbie has been using the chimp study to justify her behavior.

Chaon

"airports are still collecting thousands of dangerous objects"

Yep: http://chaon.blogspot.com/2005/06/what-difference-7-years-makes.html

frankenduf

what about the chimps that tear eachother limb from limb?- there's gotta be a little bit of spite there

vizeroth

I think that in terms of music generalizations, pop music is going to stay with what sells as long as it can. It's far easier to write songs about personal matters that will sell than songs about broader political matters, especially since people have strongly diverging opinions about many political issues.

That being said, some genres of music deal with political issues more often than others, and politics plays more heavily with certain audiences than others. For examples, see country music after 9/11, and metal in the more recent years as popular opinion has moved away from support of Bush's policies. Patriotic country songs did very well after 9/11 (and were produced very quickly), while criticism of the government has increased significantly in metal (and other genres) over the last few years (see the most recent Megadeth and Ministry albums, for example).

Mack

earlier songs were "more likely to address broader social issues"

Gee, cherry-pick much?

egretman

Just file all of these under "baby boomer contradictions."

suntzusjb

Contemporary Alternative Rock lyrics are nothing but whine, whine, whine.

razzmatazz

i don't know if it is fair to say that quote "Today's pop music lacks global view" when clearly today's music in all it's anxiety and depression is more likely an artifact of our global view...

earlier songs quote "encouraged people to live peaceful lives, free of hatred and oppression" but with today's media bringing the conflict frontlines and bad news of even the smallest, most rural township in china straight to our inboxes and browser homepages, we now see that this peaceful, hate-less world is just impossible!

Auspex

One of this blog's old lunatic trolls named Debbie has been using the chimp study to justify her behavior.

Chaon

"airports are still collecting thousands of dangerous objects"

Yep: http://chaon.blogspot.com/2005/06/what-difference-7-years-makes.html

frankenduf

what about the chimps that tear eachother limb from limb?- there's gotta be a little bit of spite there

vizeroth

I think that in terms of music generalizations, pop music is going to stay with what sells as long as it can. It's far easier to write songs about personal matters that will sell than songs about broader political matters, especially since people have strongly diverging opinions about many political issues.

That being said, some genres of music deal with political issues more often than others, and politics plays more heavily with certain audiences than others. For examples, see country music after 9/11, and metal in the more recent years as popular opinion has moved away from support of Bush's policies. Patriotic country songs did very well after 9/11 (and were produced very quickly), while criticism of the government has increased significantly in metal (and other genres) over the last few years (see the most recent Megadeth and Ministry albums, for example).