Thursday, October 11, 2007

Where to Start with my Other Music Blog

I set up this Ethnomusicology blog to post items relevant to the course ANTH398D Selected Topics in Anthropology: Ethnomusicology. Thought these blogging activities might complement what we do in class and through Moodle. I tend to think a lot about music while I'm browsing and blogging tends to influence my teaching, so the connection was obvious.

But there's another music-related blog to which I contribute: This other blog is associated with CriticalWorld, a site dedicated to Thinking Globalisation Through Music. (Though that blog is part of and though I have been involved with CriticalWorld for a while, my blogging activities there are completely autonomous.)

Through that other music blog, I tend to think a lot about financial issues relating to music in the context of "Digital Life." These issues have been mentioned in class so I thought I'd give something of a rundown of several of my very own blog entries about these issues. This is not meant as a shameless plug, a "vanity post" or an anthology. My hope is that looking at these entries, you might understand my approach a bit more.

For instance, I've been having fun with "business models" relating to music in a broad context:

As is probably obvious to anyone, one of the main targets for reflections about music-related businesses is the so-called "Recording Industry":

Digital Rights Management (copy-protection on commodities related to copyrighted items) is a frequently mentioned issue:

As I mentioned in class, there are things to say about ringtones:

Some of my posts tend to be playful:

And, overall, I've set up broad categories to classify posts on that blog:

  • Fresh for Direct reactions to news pieces and current events
  • Soapbox for Rants, monologues, tirades, personal reactions, advocacy
  • Sandbox for Playful, fun, distracting, collaborative items
  • Ongoing for Open discussions of items relevant to CriticalWorld
  • CriticalWorld for Events, activities, internal links to the CriticalWorld site and contributors

Of course, I'd appreciate your comments on any of these items and my hope is that some of them can generate discussion.

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