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Category: Media

February 8, 2011

Don't Make Me Steal ... please

Just found the Don't Make Me Steal project via Hypebot. It's an appeal from movie fans to movie makers, setting out a manifesto for the conditions under which they promise not to illegally download movie online. Great idea ... Of... More
Posted by Hughie at 6:36 PM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2011

I'm back!

Right! I'm now back on the Blog ... Had a few problems with my host over the past few months, but those are now sorted, thanks to the awesome Mihai. Thanks, dude ... Lots to discuss, lots to fix, lots... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:50 AM | Comments (0)

September 19, 2010

I hate to say I told you so ...

But I just found this Techdirt report, which says that uncle Rupert's paywalls are causing him a lot more trouble than they're worth. Now, I'm hardly the only one to have predicted that paywalls would be unhelpful to newspaper publishers,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:58 PM | Comments (0)

February 27, 2010

How to make a viny record - from 1956

Willy sent me this incredible short film by RCA Victor detailing the process of making a vinyl record. It's quite long but it goes through the recording process (no multi-tracking!), then the molding and then the pressing and distribution. It's... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:02 PM | Comments (0)

February 23, 2010

It's better to reliquish control; Kulash gets it. Why doesn't EMI?

Interesting op-ed in the New York Times by OK Go singer Damian Kulash. Kulash notes that his band acted in violation of their record contract when they posted their famous treadmills video on YouTube and he gets stuck into EMI... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:59 AM | Comments (0)

January 30, 2010

Another attempt to control digital rights?

Just found this article outlining a new audio file format that is supposed to replace MP3s. It essentially uses a downloaded MP3 as a Trojan Horse - ostensibly to allow users to download lyrics, artwork, etc to their player. Users... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:33 PM | Comments (0)

January 26, 2010

Federal government: don't be stupid enough to try to censor the Internet ...

... please ... ??? http://www.internetblackout.com.au/ Join the protest!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:14 PM | Comments (0)

November 16, 2009

Newspaper have always been filters ...

What media organisations have not yet come to terms with is that their business model has always been about filtering available news, not generating content. By their own admission, they don't create the news, they report it. News has always... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:25 PM | Comments (0)

August 2, 2009

Seth Godin on the value of social networking

The lessons of Tila Teqila in 2 minutes … http://www.brandinfection.com/2009/08/01/seth-godin-on-social-networking/ Great stuff and so important for indie musos to understand. Seth's talking about business, and Indies need to understand that that's what they are if they want to make a... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

May 22, 2009

I'll say it again: "Idol" is not about music ...

I*'m not sure why people bother writing this crap any more, since it's pretty much self-evident, but the New York Times has, once again published a destruction of the American Idol final result. Predictably, this article complains that the winner... More
Posted by Hughie at 7:35 PM | Comments (0)

March 31, 2009

Accurate sarcasm ...

Just read this little snippet from Techdirt, which notes that since the German School shooting a lot of people, including a Police Chief, have called for a ban on violent video games - citing a link between them and school... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:53 PM | Comments (0)

January 22, 2009

Support critical reflection!!!

My [MusicThoughts] buddy TJR made a really great song about American Idol. He made a video for it using clips from the show and posted it to YouTube. The Video was a huge hit, getting 20,000 views in a week.... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:35 AM | Comments (0)

November 26, 2008

"Debunking the Long Tail"?

The Register published an article some time back about new research that claims to "debunk the Long Tail". It takes a critical mathematical approach mainly to the precise shape of the curve - is it a Pareto curve, as Chris... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:26 AM | Comments (0)

November 4, 2008

Diabolical neglect

Rugby League, Rugby League World Cup, channel nine, Rugby League on tv, tv coverage, sport coverage, international rugby league, Kangaroos More
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June 8, 2008


I have to say that I was quite disappointed with SBS's exploration of the impact of file sharing on the music industry. It was shallow and unilluminating. It presented far too many stock lines from self-interested parties (APRA, ARIA, IIA)... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:39 AM | Comments (0)

January 7, 2008

A great summary ...

Just found this post by Ian Rogers about how new technologies have changed the music industry. It's a fantastic summary of the impact (or not) of the new environment. Complete, thoughtful, insightful. You have to read it and understand it... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:46 AM | Comments (0)

November 26, 2007

Vale, Matt Price.

It's a sad time for Australian politics and journalism. One of the most entertaining, fair-minded and insightful political commentators died of brain tumours on the weekend. Matt price was the beacon of reason in a sea of right-wing nonsense in... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:14 AM | Comments (0)

November 21, 2007

Radiohead's "success"?

Comscore have issued a report that estimates the rate of paid downloads from Radiohead's pay-what-you-like experiment. In a nutshell, they found that in the first 29 days of October, the album was downloaded about 1.2 million times and paid for... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:30 AM | Comments (0)

October 28, 2007

Music files may be abundant, but listener value and attention are still scarce.

Just came across this Techdirt article, in which Mike discusses the economics of abundance and therefore the virtues for an artist/band of making music available for free. This is an example of slightly muddled and mistaken thinking but before I... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

October 19, 2007

Awesome election rap battle

A friend of mine posted this to Facebook, and I thought it was so brilliant I'd have to share it. Have to find out more about these guys: The Axis of Awesome.But first, here's their election rap:... More
Posted by Hughie at 11:22 AM | Comments (0)

October 18, 2007

The murky aspects of life ...

Last night I caught an episode of House and then half of Life on Channel 10. I love House because most of the time it deals with those murky areas of life where what is good and pure and right... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:18 AM | Comments (0)

August 22, 2007

The slow decay of MySpace?

Just read an interesting but revealing article about the different fortunes of MySpace and Facebook. Now, the article is framed as a discussion of how the two sites compare from the point of view of growth and total numbers, but... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

August 13, 2007

What I would have written

The other day I bought Ty Cohen's book "The New Music Industry: How to Use the Power of the Internet to Multiply Your Industry Exposure, Fan Base and Income Potential Online!" Despite its technical flaws and marketing-at-all-cost philosophy, I have... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

June 28, 2007

Thank God It's Nearly Here

Channel Ten obviously think they're onto a thing with this blanket promotion of upcoming shows. No sooner did I whinge about the promos for Pirate Master than they started giving Thank God You're Here the same treatment. I saw promos... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:50 PM | Comments (0)

June 21, 2007

Over Pirate Master already

When will the morons in charge of TV marketing learn? Channel Ten's new show "Pirate Master" has been promoted and hyped so much in the past few weeks that, although it starts tonight, I'm not going to watch it ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:08 AM | Comments (0)

May 3, 2007

I taught Zoran!

Last night, while waiting patiently for a new Simpsons, as advertised in the TV guide but which never appeared, I caught half an hour of Big Brother.I was rather purprised to note that Zoran was one of my former students,... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:17 AM | Comments (0)

April 2, 2007

King Konker ...

We watched the Peter Jackson remake of King Kong on Saturday night. Or rather, I watched the start and then gave up and went to bed ... What a shocker! To start with, Jack Black was the worst casting in... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

February 1, 2007

Crime TV? It's ART

I've noticed that the new series of the Commercial TV Networks' prime time dramas is about to begin. I noticed some time ago that they all feature excessive amounts of lettering in their names - this seems to be a... More
Posted by Hughie at 3:57 PM | Comments (0)

January 9, 2007

Ten things losers do on MySpace

My MySpace friend Rosie sent me this rant, which I thought very apt and quite funny. She said I could republish it, in fact requested that it be repubished, so here it is: TEN THINGS LOSERS DO ON MY SPACE!!!!... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:02 PM | Comments (2)

December 8, 2006

Is MySpace dying?

There's an interesting assessment in the Washington Post, which argues that MySpace may be yesterday's place to meet and therefore a business in trouble. Now, I've argued before that MySpace was "dead in the water" but for different reasons. I've... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:11 PM | Comments (1)

October 24, 2006

Happy birthday, iPod

Just read that it was five years ago today that Steve Jobs launched the iPod, which well and truly changed the digital media landscape and set the standard for digital music. Apple's iPod, and the iTunes store that came shortly... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:18 AM | Comments (0)

August 18, 2006

Summing up Leyton Hewitt

Caught the new Channel 10 show David Tench Tonight last night. It was mostly pretty egotistical and forgettable, though worth keeping an eye on. The show's website says he's returned to Australia after broadcasting in the US for years -... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:05 PM | Comments (0)

August 7, 2006

What a load of rubbish

I'm disappointed to again read the predictable crap about Big Brother's ratings. The fact is that 1.88 million might not be as big as previous years, but it's still VERY healthy. Not to mention that the show had THREE entries... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:21 PM | Comments (0)

August 4, 2006

A headlne-writer's gift

Just read the story about a dog destroying Elvis's teddy bear. It came under the title "Hound dog destroys Elvis's teddy bear". What a gift! Wait for the "man bites dog" angles to follow ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 8:28 AM | Comments (0)

June 5, 2006

It takes more than two ...

I was forced, by my family's insistence and the complete lack of alternatives, to watch the second half of Channel 7's It Takes Two last night. I'm astonished that anyone bothers to watch it ... It hardly seems fair to... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:39 AM | Comments (0)

May 23, 2006

Doubly predictable

[sigh] Madonna was always going to do something to grab promotional headlines by annoying the Church in her new show and the Church was always going to help her by biting at her barbs ... Why is this news?? Why... More
Posted by Hughie at 2:13 PM | Comments (0)

May 11, 2006

To true, Bert!

Quote apprearing in today's Australian Media liftout: "We're celebrting tonight 50 years of Australian television. And concurrently, of course, 50 years of American television on Australian television." - Bert Newton at the Logies. Sickening! It would be a joke if... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

May 8, 2006

On the subject of champions ...

Congratulations to John Wood for finally winning the gold Logie. I'm not much of a fan of the kind of TV John's involved in (although I used to watch Blue Healers every week back in the 90s when it was... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:14 AM | Comments (0)

May 1, 2006

Tryhard Television

You know Channel Nine are struggling in the ratings when they try such a blatant milk of a story of distress. Last night's repeated crosses to the Beaconsfield mine disaster in Tasmanian were pathetic - typically, Mike Munro was in... More
Posted by Hughie at 5:24 PM | Comments (0)

March 2, 2006

Propaganda, media and John Howard

Lyn Allison, I couldn't have said it better myself. Very astute observations about the use of mediated propaganda to disguise reality ...... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:13 AM | Comments (0)

January 18, 2006

Value in old media

Interesting to note that a piece of paper with Beatles lyrics written on it is worth a lot of money. Goes to reinforce the old adage about easy things being worth less than difficult things - for all the copies... More
Posted by Huge at 11:04 AM | Comments (0)

September 8, 2005

How is that possible

I dunno, some of this media commentary just doesn't make sense. In the wake of Hurricane Katrina,plenty of pundits were forcasting its dire consequences for the US economy. Some even suggested that it might knock the whole thing over. But,... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:15 AM | Comments (0)

August 11, 2005

Interesting idea, that ...

Just read about the Backbench World Problems Index. Not sure the mathematics will work out precisely but it's a great start to analysing a problem that has plagued Australian media for quite a while. Even if the numbrs are debatable... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:21 AM | Comments (0)

July 1, 2005

Reasonable point that

My dearest darling hit me with a home truth last night. I've been away for a few days taking the kids to their grandparents' farm and when I returned, she announced that she'd watched Big Brother uncut, late and live,... More
Posted by Hughie at 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

June 24, 2005

What's all the fuss

You gotta laugh - well, at least, the promoters of Big Brother's current series must be laughing. They started this season with a previously-avoided emphasis on sex in the house - deliberately choosing singles and advertising their sex appeal at... More
Posted by Hughie at 9:08 AM | Comments (0)

May 4, 2005

The campaign continues ...

The Murdoch press continues to talk up the Internet following Murdoch's ASNE address (noted earlier). Last week's Media liftout contains a gem on the front page called "Print learns to love the web" and a two-page "Interactive special report" in... More
Posted by Hughie at 1:33 PM | Comments (0)

April 27, 2005

Interesting, Mr Murdoch

I notice the first move of Rupert Murdoch's "digital age" has been to appoint a former MacDonald's marketing guru, Joe Talcott, as Australia's new group marketing director. How appropriate! In the same Media liftout, News Limited advertised for an Editor... More
Posted by Hughie at 10:25 AM | Comments (2)

January 10, 2005

Devastating Media Tsunami

Welcome to 2005. I have to confess I'm not sure which I find more nauseating: the scenes of horror coming out of (mainly) Indonesia and Sri Lanka or the thinly-disguised orgy of self-interest that's dominating our media ever since. Simon... More
Posted by Hughie at 4:50 PM | Comments (0)

April 15, 2004

Irrelevant media coverage

Apart from me, is there any else out there who could not care less about where David Beckham did or did not have sex with anyone apart from "Posh Spice"? More
Posted by Huge at 10:14 PM | Comments (1)
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