The SSRC just released a report on media piracy in emerging economies. I haven’t read it yet, so I can’t comment on the findings, but if you click the link, you’ll find an interesting discussion of the pricing structure as itself a demonstration of the arguments in the book. As an added part of that […]
In print I have had some harsh words to say about the so-called Toronto School’s treatment of sound (that’s so-called “Canadian School” to some Americans, but pretend I didn’t say that) in the concept of orality, and I shall have a few more in print shortly. But in preparation for that, I’ve taken a couple […]
In comparing our building–a redone calendar factory–with the other dwellings in our neighborhood–more typical Montreal brick duplexes or triplexes–I often joke that we are the gentrifiers. But it’s actually not a joke at all. I knew this intellectually, but now it’s been driven home for me. We are now literally (in the literal sense of […]
Now that doesn’t happen every day. Yesterday I was part of a panel on sampling and copyright called “Cramping My Sampling” at the Pop and Policy Conference. The panel was set up for each person to give a 5-7 minute spiel and then the panelists talked with one another, after which the floor was opened […]
Allofmp3.com, R.I.P. I think I still had $5 in my account there. Why 1967 wasn’t as awesome as boomers say it was.
I recently received an email from an artist named Greta Pratt, who has undertaken an interesting project and blog called “Flag a Day,” meant to comment on the commercialization of American patriotism. It wasn’t up this evening when I tried it, but hopefully by the time you read this, it will be back up. She […]
Courtesy Sivacracy (and the New York Times, I guess), a blog about fashion which shows that the intellectual property issues are every bit as alive there as they are in the world of digital music: Counterfeit Chic.