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Archive for January, 2012

From Bad to Worst…

Response to Knopper, S. (2009). Appetite for Self-Destruction: the Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age. New York: Free Press Throughout his book, Knopper touches on a handful of astute observations, connoting the crash of the record industry. For example, Knopper argues that what catalyzed the decline of record companies was not […]

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Appetite for Self Destruction is similar to the Kots reading from last week, in that they both chronicle the past several decades of music distribution in a personal way, attributing the major transitions to specific events and persons. Knopper, however, focused mainly on the big brass of the recording industry: who the key executives were, […]

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Week 3: Knopper and Lefsetz

In a class about “Cultural Hybridity” I am taking this term, we just finished a unit on postmodernism. I know–it’s a loaded, overused buzzword these days. But bear with me. In reading Steve Knopper’s Appetite for Self-Destruction, I was amazed at how po-mo everything he describes, is. What is postmodernism? While you’d be hard-pressed to […]

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As the tail end of the MTV generation, I have seen its transition (or perhaps degeneration?) from a 24-hour music channel into a television showcase of provocative reality stunts. For me, personally, the diminishing of MTV epitomized the changing landscape of the music industry.  In those days when Snoop Dogg seemed far removed from hosting […]

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Yes, it is the record industry that kills itself, not the digital age. Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age is exactly the history of the “chronic suicide” conducted by the short-sighted, profit-oriented, greedy, selfish and rigid major labels with slow response and stupid decisions. Compared with Greg […]

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Week 2: Kot and Lanier

I was surprised at how weakly Jaron Lanier presented his arguments in his book You Are Not a Gadget. He sounds like an old man yelling at kids to get off his lawn. While I appreciate the straightforwardness of his writing, this also is his downfall: his criticism of libertarian digital culture (and of technology […]

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