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In the grim and dark future of the music industry, there are only memes. I bemused before about the potential effect of the fear over plagiarism is that musicians are now held up to a far higher standard in both craftsmanship and ethics. Since nobody wants to be caught dead plagiarising, using the public domain has become the safest and least suspicious route.

That way, one can get away with not writing their own material without flouting the law and their craftmanship doubted. Should it ever occur en masse, pop songs will function very much like Internet memes. It’ll go viral and everybody will latch onto it for as long as they can grab a hold of it. It’ll even go hand in hand with growing advancements in Internet technology and accessibility.

Every time a certain work goes public domain, pop stars will take advantage of it and popularise it for better or worse.

Aristocrats and Businesspeople

Aristocrats, the people who’re born wealthy and exert immense sociopolitical and socioeconomic power, bound by hierarchy and tradition, associated with monarchy, chieftaincy and empire. They’re still around but in places where republic presidency’s the norm, these are practically and legally marginalised and can sometimes be socioeconomically cumbersome.

At least with some chieftaincies, there’s a desire to have more spouses and children but it’s increasingly not enough to support those. Such nobility are more likely to be humbled or scattered and continuous associated with tribal communities and antiquity. Businesspeople are historically regarded as lowly but once capitalism came they rose to power much to the chagrin of actual gentry.

Yet the latter successfully displaced and replicated the former so much so that contemporary businesspeople are often stereotyped as rich. Yet nobility still carries some appeal, especially when it comes to inheritance and being born to rule with money.

Superhero underground

I remember reading an article which is a review of this book called ‘Leaping Tall Buildings’ saying that superhero comics these days are practically underground. It’s not widely read by anybody else, even if you can easily find them online. I suspect what makes them underground is that they don’t interest anybody else but those in the know.

Meanwhile, Harlequin and Mills and Boons have been selling fine despite their critics. I guess it’s easier to hype what geeks love more than stuff normies like. Not that either of them are any better, it’s that what normies like better gets marginalised or ignored by nerdy elitists.

Not that normies can’t enjoy superheroes but aren’t so devoted to them for long and divest their interests somewhere else. So inevitably producers are left with pandering to diehards if mainstream interest in superheroes fades.

The near-perfect muse

I bemused about what an asexual rockist popstar would be like, given the potentially sexist implications as women get damned for their sexuality (and sometimes singlehood at the expense of motherhood and being a wife). The asexual rockist popstar, if female, would seem near-perfect and be the near-perfect muse.

She’s practically untarnished, free to be immortalised in the media in a way other muses can’t and will never be. Elizabeth Siddal’s a Victorian muse who’s also an aspiring artist as well as somebody’s troubled wife. Sometimes said muse gets married to somebody else. At other times she turns out to have bad taste or wastes her motherhood on something else.

That isn’t to say that this hypothetical creature is perfect but rather her asexuality gives a curiously saintly air to it. Unable to experience sexual desire herself instead of deliberately controlling it, she becomes the true unrequited love of many. That’ll trouble other women who feel unworthy of her.

That’s the curse of being an asexual muse.

The mighty has fallen

For several centuries, aristocracy ruled in Europe and now that it has dwindled due to various factors like changing ideologies, warfare and the like it’s practically marginalised in most countries. Not that aristocrats and their scions are entirely gone as much as they’re practically, if sometimes legally humbled.

The descendant of any former aristocratic family could still be rich but never legally regaining it, let alone inherit the throne anymore. Some of them are even middle class by now. Others strike a balance through business, which businesspeople are coincidentally considered to be the new aristocracy. It makes sense given the growing socioeconomic changes that some other group would have to fill in.

Moreso in republic countries where a marginalised aristocracy gives way to an ennobled business class. Certain businesspeople, like aristocrats before, tend to marry similar people. That children born to both aristocrats proper and businesspeople tend to inherit their wealth undermines the similarities.

The future of musical authenticity

Given there are growing plagiarism scandals, the biggest one yet to occur would change both musical production and critical evaluation forever. Plagiarism becomes the new lip-synching, a mark of inauthenticity albeit more literally because it aspires to be the real thing. Now it’s not enough to write your own songs but to also be your own individual or be better off not writing your own songs to avoid plagiarism.

The latter’s also dubious but could become increasingly excusable to avoid plagiarism by either resorting to the public domain or old copyrighted catalogues. Many more professionals would resort to the public domain because they can get away with not writing their own material without having both their craftsmanship doubted and flouting the law.

That can’t be said of plagiarists who’ll always be regarded as fake and inauthentic, anti-rockist even. As ironic as it sounds, the musician that doesn’t write its own songs is pardoned for as long as it doesn’t plagiarise. As long as it’s derived from old catalogues or public domain, that’s fine. Yet it also validates rockist authenticity way more than plagiarism ever would!

Too attractive

I guess when it comes to attractive men or rather men more likely to be viewed as attractive by women, it unsettles other cishet men because they’re the ones who’re supposed to be doing the gazing and perhaps because of jealousy. That Justin Bieber seems to have way more female admirers than say said neckbeard will ever do.

Certain male heartthrobs would fight to be taken real seriously by the music press. David Sylvian’s a musician who was considered the most beautiful man in music fought his way to be respected. He eventually earned it and overturned his reputation. Similar things can be said of Justin Timberlake.

Then there’s the type of man that’s really appealing to straight men but bewildering to women. He’s a power fantasy that cishet men that live vicariously through. A kind of quasi-brother or father figure for them. Their role model. It’s not bad but it says a lot about whether if men are objectified or not.

If he gets sexualised by most women, men would find him revolting. Their role model has been defiled, emasculated and beaten. That blows their self esteem and also their ideals as well.