Piracy and the Work of Art in the Age of Digital (Re)Production
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Piracy and the Work of Art in the Age of Digital (Re)Production

Another Reading List Technological progress – from the Printing Press to the BitTorrent protocol – is what essentially drives cultural development and social change, what makes it possible to share ideas, embrace expressions, improve inventions and correct the works of the past. Human history is the history of copying, and the entirely defensive and desperate … Continue reading

Pop and Purity
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Pop and Purity

A Reading List There is a fundamental “dirtiness,” an impurity, in disco and pop music precisely because of their contradictory nature, their capacity and willingness to be used in alternative and subversive ways, and this partly accounts for the bias against these uncontrollable musical forms. The art held up as most superior according to highbrow … Continue reading

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Alina Simone on music and entrepreneurship, and their seemingly inevitable overlap

We’ve placed the entire onus of changing-with-the-times on musicians, but why can’t the educational, cultural and governmental institutions that support the arts adapt as well, extending the same opportunities to those whose music provides the soundtrack to our lives? If they don’t, Darwinism will probably ensure that only the musical entrepreneurs survive. I can’t say … Continue reading

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Gang of Four’s Dave Allen on the music distribution problem (as told to Rick Moody)

From Moody’s column, Swinging Modern Sounds, on The Rumpus If we look back to the ’80s and the introduction of the CD, we’ll see that technologists have a knack for creating solutions to problems that don’t exist for everyone, just an initial subset. I’m not convinced that, at the time, the recording industry was seriously … Continue reading