Category Archives: media

Deep Thought

The medium is the message only if: a) The message is unimportant b) The message is a cliché, banality, or truism c) The message is misunderstood d) The import of the message is ignored In all other cases, though the … Continue reading

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Just Being Jimmy

It rambles, a lot, but Andrew O’Hagan’s piece in the London Review of Books on the Jimmy Savile scandal is one of the best things I’ve read about it. O’Hagan presents a wealth of historical background about the culture at … Continue reading

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Depressing

Spin Magazine Is Sold to Buzzmedia, With Plans to Expand Online Reach Considering what Buzzmedia did to Idolator, and the overall worthlessness of Stereogum and Hype Machine, this may be the worst news of the week. Unless it’s this.

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Same Old Song

With a headline like “How Streaming Music Will Change Culture… for the Better” I expected this article by Eliot Van Buskirk on Evolver.fm to be packed with bullshit, but I didn’t expect to find all the bullshit. Almost every hackneyed … Continue reading

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Financing the Pirates

So who exactly is providing advertising revenue to download sites and pirates? How about those legally-protected-from-taking-the-blame guys, otherwise known as your ISP? Why aren’t the RIAA and MPAA taking these guys to court? Um, let me guess.

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Crash Course

This is a little old (over a week, which in internet time means dead and buried), and I don’t usually bother attacking bad essays by people who, as far as I know, don’t normally write about pop music, but there … Continue reading

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Don’t Worry About the Internet

In an interview with Pitchfork, Skrillex addresses all the hate he gets on the internet. He shows a lot more common sense about it than most commentators and pundits do (he shows a lot of common sense about most things, … Continue reading

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What Are You Trying To Sell Me Now?

It appears that when David Guetta isn’t trying to bludgeon his listeners into submission with over-obvious dance tracks, he’s trying to take their money in another way: by selling product placement to the highest bidder. And not just in his … Continue reading

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Critics! Bah!

I’ll read just about anything on the history and future of criticism, but I’ll be damned if I can figure out what the point is of this piece in The Awl. I’m not even sure it has a point other … Continue reading

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Compare and contrast

Although I welcomed the arrival of Popdust, I’ve been a little put off by the reality—a little too jokey and snarky, a little too concerned with trivialities. Any new endeavor needs time to find itself, though, and the site has … Continue reading

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