Monday, January 4, 2010

What the Blog?

The popularization of the Internet has ushered in a radical change in the way we communicate. Often referred to as the New Media (a vague, misued term I intend to not use often), it has created disruptive changes in the way the traditional media operates and seriously challenged their business models to the point of breaking. At the same time it has socialized the publication and distribution of that media making it available to anyone with a computer and an Internet connection.

This blog is all about how the 'New Media' is affecting music and musicians.

So as not to be too verbose, here's a point-form series of items from my own notes I am planning to cover in the next few months:
  • A Creative Commons Primer: A brief overview of what the Creative Commons is all about with lots of links.
  • The Business and Economics of the 'New Media': Musicians want to earn money so they can spend more time being 'artistic' and not having a real job, but you can't do that without understanding the fundamentals behind it. Topics covered include (but are not limited to) business models like Cwf+RtB, the economics of disruptive technologies, and putting the concepts of abundance and scarcity to work for you.
  • Promotion and Distribution: Definitely the most difficult part of being a musician. I can't promise we'll make it easy for you, just a little less hard.
  • News: There's a constant flow of relevant articles that come through my personal RSS feed. I'll filter out the garbage and put the best stuff here.
In addition to my own contributions, I am hot on the horn to get others to contribute their own stories and expertise to this blog. Some will be regulars, some will be guest contributors and if things go well, most articles well end up not being written by me. (call me an optimist)

So there you have it. I think it's a good starting point. and we'll see where it leads to from here. Point your RSS reader to our feed and enjoy!

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