TIME 100: Apple’s Jony Ive Is An ‘Artist,’ Bono Sings Praises

by Anthony Wing Kosner


This year’s Time 100 list is now public and Apple’s Jony Ive can add “Artist” to his list of accolades. Time places its “100 most influential people in the world,” in one of five categories: artists, leaders, pioneers, titans and icons. These buckets are sometimes an awkward fit, so before we slap a jaunty beret atop Ive’s head (as I have above) it’s worth asking the two most obvious questions: is he indeed an artist and, if so, is that a good thing?

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Bono: Talented Do-Gooder or Narcissistic Jag-Off?

Bono: Talented Do-Gooder or Narcissistic Jag-Off?
Pro Bono and Con Bono debate the Polarizing Performer
BY PAUL GLEASON AND COURTNEY LAVENDER

The bigger the fame, the bigger the myth.

Whenever a celebrity achieves a level of out-of-this-world fame, that moment in time will invariably be followed by a counter-attack from media, from fans, and from the goddess Popular Culture herself. Almost no superstar who chooses to remain in the public eye can escape the double-barreled salvos of jealousy and nastiness that invariably come flying when one stands at The Peak of Fame.

Often the pendulum swings – from glorification to the garbage heap; from the cinders back to charmed deification; then back to the bargain bins and to the meme of the week. But once in awhile we find a celebrity who remains beloved and belittled – at the very same time. That, friends, is Bono.

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There is probably no one in rock music quite as polarizing as Bono. Axl Rose and Courtney Love are already self-parodies – too comical and artistically played-out to be taken seriously, while Michael Jackson’s legacy was spared both the sordid and the silly by his untimely death. Justin Bieber’s got a Capuchin monkey and a few paparazzi hi-jinks to his credit, but he’s still a little unseasoned (or under-talented?) to rise to the celebra-level of Paul David Hewson.

Decade after decade, Bono remains heroic to many, while nauseating to others. What just is it about this guy that gets people so worked up – both so positively and so negatively? Is he the second-coming of Mother Teresa or just a materialistic phony-baloney? Is any of this fair? Better yet, is any of this even real?

We take time out from our usual ground-breaking Both Sides Now topics (Socialism, General Petraeus, grafitti, Rush Limbaugh, intellectual piracy, free speech, hate speech, Jews and Mel Gibson, face-piercing, women golfers, the Patriot Act, and genderless babies) to have a light-hearted look at one of rock and roll’s favorite side-shows: Bono.

For this task we’ve assigned two writers – Paul Gleason and Courtney Lavender – who absolutely love Bono and U2, but can understand why some people just… don’t.

We call this Both Sides Now… Pro Bono and Con Bono!

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Give your opinion on U2 albums on U2France


Image by Clad63 – available in high-definition on his Facebook page

Posted by Pauline and translated by Florian



Do you have an opinion on U2 albums? Have a voice :-)

Our ‘Ressources’ section gives access to an area called Album reviews in which each and every fan can share his opinion on one or more U2 albums. It’s an opportunity to tell others what you like – or not – on every album, and what you feel about songs.

You don’t need to be a graduate with a special U2 distinction ;-) In order to have a look at what a review looks like, you can for instance read posts by Chris and Lionel on Achtung Baby, or others on Pop and No Line On The Horizon.

English-speaking fans can also give us their opinion by heading to the English section of the Resources area, we’ll take care of the translation and then add it to the French version of the website. Same thing if you’re a French speaker: your review will be translated into English.

If you can’t find how to post your review or have any trouble writing it, do not hesitate to tell us so by adding a comment to this article or sending an email to Pauline.

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Thank you to Florian for translating the French reviews and to Clad for the artwork!