by carl wilson

The Tech of the Hesperus


I talked to Nora Young of CBC Radio's tech program Spark this morning about ringtones, MP3s, computer speakers, iTunes, Auto-Tune and all the other gadget-adjustments that are changing the sound of pop music. In shorter form, it'll be part of their special music-themed March 25 show (re-aired on March 28) but, impressively, you can already listen to the full interview today on their site.

Speaking of tech and transition, you may have heard the newspaper business is having a rough week. Those who take this blithely because they assume that Twitter is going to take care of everything - or that, for example, somehow the same job can be done by the 20 reporters the now-online-only Seattle Post-Intelligencer is retaining as by the 165 it formerly employed - might benefit by reading this Globe & Mail Focus piece by my colleagues Sinclair Stewart and Grant Robertson (which I edited). I also recommend the Clay Shirky piece on "Newspapers & Thinking the Unthinkable" on the parallel between the Internet revolution & the Gutenberg one - only this one of course is much, much faster. The conclusion I draw from both is that, yes, newspapers are mostly doomed (I think weekend papers remain a viable model for now at least), but no, nothing exists to replace them. And we may be in for a rough decade, democratically, until something emerges that can.

General | Posted by zoilus on Tuesday, March 17 at 2:12 PM | Linking Posts | Comments (1)



"...we may be in for a rough decade, democratically, until something emerges that [replaces newspapers]."

But then again, maybe not. Aren't newspapers just organs of the establishment, easily and thoroughly manipulated to say only what the establishment wants said? It's not like having newspapers around spared us the Bush Era or the Common Sense Revolution.

Maybe NOT having establishment views shoved down our throats by so-called objective professionals will help people get back to thinking for themselves again.

Posted by Mike W. on March 25, 2009 11:59 AM




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