legit cannot deal with how good this song is.
Ire, mistakes and accountability
Yesterday a post appeared on Best Fit that didn’t reflect the site’s ethos and values. More importantly, it didn’t reflect the things our readers have told us they like about us nor did it represent the opinions of those of us who work on the site.
Personally, it also allied itself to an approach in music writing I find reprehensible - one Best Fit has tried to avoid and the reason I became attached to this site in the first place.
The fact it was published comes down to little more that an error of process - it went live without being seen, sub-edited or approved by any of the editorial staff. The structures and workflow that allow content to publish on large websites sometimes fails despite the best intentions and this was one of those occasions. But that’s not the fault here.
As a body of people who love music, our attachment to this site is predicated on our deep love of its sensory nature; the connection we make to it and what that means. That’s where our commonality lies and that’s what most of our readers have told us they like about the site. The content of the post did not take account of the readers or the site’s overriding attitude to bands, music and, on a basic level, people.
While the writer’s style, opinions and manner were her own - not the site’s - I am entirely to blame for inadvertently giving them a platform. My communication to the people who work on the site concerning what is and isn’t acceptable needs to improve. Our systems need to be more than robust. We need to get better at stuff.
The offending elements of the post were removed and a careful decision was taken to record the mistake to explain to our readers what had happened. I believe in transparency and learning from situations like this.
On the internet, it’s very hard to do the right thing in these situations - every approach has its flaws and one can simply try and take a course of action they believe will have the most positive impact. I’ve been told by some people that I shouldn’t respond any further about this issue and a full response shouldn’t be something we concern ourselves with, because it will exacerbate the situation. I disagree and am happy to take that risk if it clarifies things. Overstating things at this point is preferable since a lack of communication was behind the problem in the first place.
To the people offended, angry and insulted by what happened - especially the readers we let down - I apologise unreservedly. I’ve already talked to some of you about this personally and will make efforts to contact more of you over the coming days. Please contact me about any element related to this on email@example.com.
I haven’t addressed the content of the post directly here. People who know the site and know the people involved understand how hard we’ve tried to represent a positive and equal attitude in this regard. We will try even harder now. Again, I’m happy to talk to anyone who feels they want to know more about this or can suggest ways we can be different and better in addressing inequality in all its forms, particularly in the way we represent, discuss and contextualise people in music. Please email me at the address above.
Editor, The Line Of Best Fit
Today is Casimir Pulaski Day. Here’s an early demo. Not sure when I recorded this, but I was obviously still working it out. XXOO Sloppy Joe.
Sufjan Stevens celebrates Casimir Pulaski Day by streaming an early demo of his track of the same name.