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Hubris Heavyweight: Tidal and Jay Z

ITidal have absolutely no problem with anyone acquiring more money. As a matter of fact, I applaud it. This IS America, Jack. What I DO have a problem with is the disingenuous way the new streaming platform, Tidal, was promoted.

The splashy video was cute and I expect nothing less from elite performers. These people don’t sell out arenas for nothing. But to act as if it was some sort of social media demonstration akin to Mike Brown’s or Trayvon Martin’s  is disgusting and utterly ridiculous. “Show you are a part of the movement by turning your profile pic blue.” “Together, we can turn the tide and make music history.” GTFOHWTBS.

What movement? Is wanting to get paid more.a movement? Well hell, I can get behind that. Just call it what it is. Don’t play the role of charity case to a country of working poor and paycheck-to-paycheckers.  Make history? Where’s the historical value in this? The day a group of celebrities were on each other’s dicks so hard that they thought they could trick a world full of people, whose incomes are a fraction of theirs, to feel sorry enough for them to buy a $20/month music service?

Tidal’s spokesperson, Jay Z (why?), has even upped the ante when questioned about the backlash. His arrogant comparison to Apple and Steve jobs is not only silly; it is insulting to my intelligence. It is true that Apple holds press conferences to unveil new products. It is true that the Cult of Apple oooohs, aaaahs and then scrambles to buy the next shiny, new thing.  And no, we never questioned Steve Job’s income.

However, Jay Z left a few things out. We ooooh and aaaah because Apple innovates. We admire that yet again those crafty programmers have developed a product that enriches our lives in a new way. (I want an Apple watch sooooooo baaaaaad. Anyhoo.) What’s innovative about a Spotify that’s owned by music artists? Why should I or anyone care?

Apple keeps it real. They reveal the Apple watch, tell you what it does and what the price is. Apple doesn’t give me a sob story about how I should buy the new iPhone because the members of the board just aren’t making enough money. Apple doesn’t tell us anything about the plight of the company’s ownership. Why? Because they know that we don’t care.

The sad thing is that all of this could have been avoided if Jay Z had used his own Apple example. By simply introducing Tidal, its benefits (if there are any) and the price, we would have been forced to either buy or balk. No biggie.

So thank you, Tidal and Jay Z. You are daphne debauchee’s first Hubris Heavyweights. The hubris gods are smiling on you, but they sent me to tell you to fire your PR firm with the quickness.

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Six White Dresses for All White Everything

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

slip dress | one shoulder stunner | this dress | anchor’s away | winged wonder | goddess maxi

So it is said that Monday, September 3 is the last day of this year that white can be worn unless maybe you’re a nurse stuck in a uniform time warp.  Although I normally won’t let anybody who’s not contributing to the daphne debauchee wardrobe fund tell me what to wear and when, I’ll play along.  You look kind of dumb in January wearing a white cotton eyelet mini-dress with your snow boots.

So as the official end of summer nears and that awesome three day weekend approaches, you might have been invited to a BBQ or two.  Oh and I absolutely mustn’t forget the oh-so-original white party.  Tangent time: I just don’t get the whole white party thing anymore.  I’m not against them.  I even attended a kind of white party last weekend.  However, if you really want to impress me, throw a grey party.  I love the color grey, but that is neither here nor there.

Anyhoo, it’s your last chance, so whiten up by taking a gander at this homage to all white everything.  If you order now, like right now and with express shipping, you can probably have these white dresses before you hit the harbor for that Labor Day ‘yacht’ party.

 

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fringe benefits / they jinglin’, baby

I really love fringe and I’m blaming 80’s Stevie Nicks.   Each strand of fringe waves hello as you approach and shimmies goodbye as you depart. There’s a look-at-me quality.  Fringe is very easily the spirit fingers of clothing detail. What’s not to love?

Since I’d prefer not to look like an automated car wash or a Hair extra, I have to choose my fringe wisely.    Judicious use of fringe is the hallmark of a person whose fashion sensibilities are firmly planted in the here and now.

So the fringe I choose and that I love most is attached to my handbags. However, all fringe handbags are not created equal.  Only a few are deemed beautiful enough to receive debauchee approval.

Fortunately, there is no reason to fret.  There are some truly inspired offerings available to right now.  The best of which are Barbara Boner creations.  I dub her the princess of fringe. This woman knows my heart and I think I love her.  Well, I KNOW I love her fringe bags.  Check out hers and some others that make me jingle.

Barbara Boner Fringed Calfskin Tote | Acne Laurie Black Fringed Shoulder Bag  | Barbara Boner Atlantis Fingers Textured Leather Clutch | B-Low The Belt Twiggy Handbag | Barbara Boner Ginger Multi Fringe Leather Clutch

 

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