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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Secret to Taylor Swift's Success?

What is Taylor Swift's secret for success? I'm pretty sure many would like to know, seeing that she is probably the most successful pop singer right now. Recent comments by her friend Selena Gomez may have shed some light on that.

"She was actually at my house the other day and we were sitting by the fire and I was talking about relationships and business in my life and she just kind of looked at me and was like, 'Selena, if you’re the smartest person in the room, I think you’re going to be in the wrong room'," Selena Gomez told The Talk Friday recently.

"She thinks I should constantly surround myself with people who are going to make me better, that are going to challenge and motive me," Selena added.

I think that's a good approach to life. We all need role models, people who we can look up to, people who can make us better. Learning to emulate the best in other people is a big factor in success indeed.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Was It Only Meghan Trainor That Was Annoying?

A few weeks ago I said that All About That Base was one of the most annoying songs of 2014.

However, after listening to a few covers, I did not find them annoying at all.

So maybe it was only Meghan Trainor who was annoying, after all?

Anyway, here are two of the best covers in my opinion:



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Better Than All About That Base? I Think So.

So many people have been going on and on about how Meghan Trainor's All About That Base is such an empowering song, and if you read my column regularly you will know that I don't agree.

However, recently I have come across something that's much better, in my opinion: Mary Lambert's Secrets.
Check it out:



What do you think?

Freedom is the Only Way

It's sad that so many people want our governments to restrict freedom, to put a ban on things they don't like to see. It's totally misguided.

These are just a few reasons why freedom is so important:

The Adaptive Politics Manifesto

I am a Proud 'Liberaltarian'

Revisiting Citizen Initiated Referenda

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Non-Judgmentalism, Miley Cyrus and Springbreakers

Recently, one of my readers expressed concern that they found several of my posts in 2013 a bit 'judgmental'. Specifically, those were posts on Miley Cyrus and the movie Springbreakers. Let me provide my answer to that accusation here.

My criticism of Miley was not about judging anyone, or their actions. It was about a 'clash of values'. I'm more than happy to respect a friend choosing to dress and act like Miley did. But Miley was not just doing those things in 2013, she was doing interviews, expressing ideas and viewpoints. In other words, she was not just having fun, she was promoting a particular cultural worldview, a culture that was against my own values. Therefore, I had to say something about it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have values at all, right? It's the same as taking a stance against someone promoting racism or homophobia to me, and just as important. In fact, recently I wrote an opinion piece on the difference between judging someone and standing up for your values, you can read it here if you are interested.

Regarding my criticism of Springbreakers, it was some of Selena Gomez's comments regarding the filming that made me think about the possibility of popular culture making women do things they are not entirely comfortable with, something I think would be important to address. Or maybe I was overly sensitive. But either way, it wasn't meant to be a critique of the way people dressed in the film at all.

TaraElla's Latest Single Not That Kind of Retro

This song is now available at the TaraElla Google Play shop.