Taylor Swift, Spotify, and Conflict



Earlier this week Taylor Swift pulled her music off Spotify, the online subscription mega-monster. This disappointed a ton of fans, of course. You can read a bit about it here, if you’d like.

I like Taylor Swift (there, I said it) and she can do whatever she wants with her music.

I like Spotify. Ginger and I both have the $10/month plan so we can listen to Spotify on our mobile devices. I like to subscribe to Spotify rather than to own music. You know, one less thing to keep track of at this point in my life.

I’ve enjoyed how playful Spotify has been during this whole ordeal. They’ve found creative ways arouse their listeners during this time in between having Swift’s music and when it will eventually make its way back to their listener’s playlists.

This playlist is a form of that playfulness; “What to Play While Taylor’s Away.” Genius.

Conflict abounds in humanity… oh wait, it is Election Day after all. No matter how much we develop as a species, we find more creative ways to avoid or bury our opponents. We are hard-wired to be rivals and to envy. We could learn something from Spotify in ways to playfully (instead of violently) deal with conflict.

Maybe we should go and do likewise.


Published by joeskillen

I'm a husband, dad of 2, Pastor at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Wichita, KS.

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