Earlier this year I read the late great Iain Banks novel Espedair Street. Its protagonist, Dan Weir, is a musician, and at various points in the book he complains about industry types talking about the music as ‘the product’.
Music, he argues (as would I) is an art, not a product. Naming it thus reduces it to the level of a pair of trainers, or a chocolate bar.
This is a little bit like how I feel about the current overuse of the term ‘content’. It, too, is a word that is increasingly used in reference to music. But also to video, writing, photography, art. There’s so much of all of these things on the internet that the restraints of terminology has forced us to grouping them into one great big homogenous ball of ‘content’. Like the internet is just a giant plastic bucket we are all spitting into.
Which isn’t really far from the truth. But that doesn’t stop the fact that I feel a lot of things that are actually much closer to art, are now getting termed content.
Not anything I produce, obviously. My stuff is the budget brand pair of trainers of online content.
Corner. (at CASK Pub And Kitchen)
Bushy (at Bushy Park)
Why I have no Xbone to pick with Microsoft's new console -
In which I liken PS gamers to borrowers with claws for hands.
at The Navigator
at Big Buddha Café (BBC)
Simon Ricketts: Twitter and news: The canary down the mine -
“Twitter does its best work in the first five minutes after a disaster, and its worst in the twelve hours after that.” - @rolldiggity
There is a quiet that descends in a newsroom when a big story breaks.
Forget the Hollywood clichés of cigar-chewing editors shouting…
Why Google's rumoured streaming service makes sense -
The company is already a huge, albeit unofficial, player in streaming music. YouTube is now a top destination for listening to songs and albums, not to mention the trove of remixes and parodies that get uploaded everyday. Today, when teenagers want to hear a new song, they don’t turn on the radio or buy a CD. They go to YouTube.
Some good points on Read Write. Though I can’t stand that people use YouTube for music, it’s totally substandard for sound quality, album listening and generally everything I look for in a music listening user experience.
Also, sure all the Beatles music is on YouTube and it’s not on Spotify. But that’s because of copyright, it’s not legally on YouTube. If Google launched a legit music streaming service with everything licensed there’s no reason to say it would have a better catalogue than Spotify.
And teenagers use it purely because it is free - that doesn’t signify a decent business model for music streaming.
Where is Twitter going with Vine? -
A few of my thoughts on Twitter’s app launch last week.