Digital Utopia and its Flaws
Cory Doctorow In Conversation With R.U. Sirius
"Every other media revolution that we've had from Gutenberg to the radio to recorded music and so on, ended up with an industry that's a thousand times larger, that makes a thousand times more money, and makes available a thousand times more work. That happens every single time! If you go back far enough, you will find the guild of clavichord makers decrying the advent of the lute."
posted by moonbird
on Mar 4, 2004 -
The future of music retail...
will be nothing like this. Echo Networks, a Los Angeles based "digital venture", in partnership with Best Buy, Tower, Wherehouse, Virgin & FYE, has launched an instore downloadable purchase initiative whose chances of failure are only exceeded by the extreme vagueness surrounding the announcement.
For more, read the news article at CNET
posted by jonson
on Jan 27, 2003 -
The end of Vinyl II?
Stanton ships Final Scratch, which enables a DJ to manipulate (mix, scratch, cut...) any music on their PC with their turntables. Besides not needing to carry all the weight and bulk of crates of records around, DJs can now skip the expensive and complicated step of cutting their own records in order to play original tracks. Is vinyl going to die for real this time?
posted by badstone
on Jan 15, 2003 -
Digital projection coming to a theater near you.
"Lucas says the new format is cheaper and easier on viewers' eyes because it eliminates the pops and scratches from film wear and tear. He accuses the industry of resisting change the same way it snubbed talking pictures until "The Jazz Singer" signaled the end of the silent era."
Any other mefites planning on seeing Episode II at a DLP theater? [DLP theater list
posted by skallas
on May 14, 2002 -
Does anyone care that nobody needs to sing well anymore?
Spot-on piece about the way that digital music tools aren't just making rotten singers sound OK (with software that shifts their pitch upwards), but good singers lazy ("hey that's fine, just copy'n'paste it into the next chorus"). And
removing the excitement from studio performance. Is the only honest response to this electro-fakery to go all Daft Punk?
Or am I just an old Stevie'n'Retha'n'Marvin nostalgist?
posted by theplayethic
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Make World event
in October, Germany - about borderless digital culture, no doubt curated long before The Current Situation, but I'm sure will be rendered far more relevant as a result.
posted by blackbeltjones
on Sep 26, 2001 -
A very pretty digital film
Actually made waaaay back in the year 1996, though it's still quite nice. The fine people over at Paperveins have quite a bit of neat interactive art, although their servers seem to be a little slow... Please be gentle!
posted by atfrost
on Jun 1, 2001 -
First Boo.com goes down, now DEN. The Digital Entertainment Network is closing it's doors
after running out of cash. After raising over 33 million dollars, they burned it at rate of up to $3 million per month, pulled their $75 million stock offering, and with no revenue model in place, they had to close up shop, with 150 people suddenly out of work.
posted by mathowie
on May 18, 2000 -
Paying for McDonalds drive-thru food without cash
is the latest shameless marketing attempt to make things as "convenient " as possible. The sad thing is, what they're really trying to do is separate the notion of real money from "digital money" so you'll buy more stuff, thinking it's all monopoly money (credit card companies have built an industry on doing exactly this).
posted by mathowie
on Jan 26, 2000 -