Blogbursts. RSS. Blog Swarms on the look out for prey. Scripted blog activites, seemingly spontaneous. Ghost written blogs. People hired and fired because of blogs. Syndications. THE DEAR DIARY DAYS of blogging have gone forever. Enter the Big Wave. The Hype.

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Gosfordian to the Max -

This is subtle beyond subtle: NPR features a put down on snobbery, read in a very snobbish tone of voice , in which "snobbism" is described as Americans showing casual generosity to the remnants of the British upper class, an act which those said remnants define as "snobbery" according ot their own convoluted insider rules. This is so Gosfordian: Is Karen Grigsby Bates of National Public Radio, an American station, sending Julian Fellowes, the reader, up as a snob, or is Julian given a real and earnest chance of lecturing Americans about how to avoid being snobbish towards the British upper crust? Go figure.

Cute, · T E C H N O R A T I · awwwww.

Addendum I
Someone help me out with this - Banksy and his, Please-mom-I-want-to-be-like-Andy-Warhol-when-I'm-6-campaign:
Banksys attempt to be like the American artist Warhol Is it embarassing with it's desperate and deliberate aping of Andy Warhol and a little bit of Basquiat thrown in?
Imitation Andy Warhol and Basquiat squashed into one British person named Banksy can only mean one thing: continuous self-buggery begging for Bankable Attention, payable in pounds, please.

The New York art scene elite is extremely taken aback - but too snobbish to ever let it show, even in the politest, faintest, remotest manner.

Oh c'mon Banksy, you're better than Warhol, you get a straight
A for your work - you are the Ahole.

Wait was that an ever so faint . . . giggle coming from that N.Y. loft space converted into an artistic-intellectual enclave over there? Oh look - Bansky clings to the window with suction cups - evidently begging Whoopy Goldberg to be let in. Cliffhangingly inventive - isn't he. Awwww. Soapy tho the max.

Friday, March 11, 2005

Andrew Blau on Motion Media

Whether it is the music industry, movies or journalism - anything connected with traditional media production is undergoing dramatic changes. Andrew Blau's take on Motion Media - i.e. media which captures anything that moves throws into relief hidden patterns which hold true for any of the media sectors above. Here is a selection of quotes, from

Telling Important Stories to Growing Audiences

Independent Media a Definition:
Quite simply, video and film conceived and produced independent of the traditionally corporate sponsors for media and made for a wide range of purposes beyond purely commercial considerations. The work could be personal essays, documentaries, media or video art, feature style narratives, or a combination of these.

To avoid trying the subject too much to the physical properties of film or video, to acknowledge the new digital media that will be neither film or videotape, and to distinguish the media we're referring to from media primarily composed of still graphics, text or audio, we sometimes use the term "motion media" as a substitute.
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Evidence of growth and decline, opportunity and threat, is no contradiction but different parts of the same story. The field is reorganizing, and the flow of resources and attention is reorganizing with it.
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It may not be an economic opportunity immediately or directly, but am opportunity to make and move work in unprecedented ways with unprecedented flexibility.
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The resulting output will overrun the institutions and strategies created to organize and navigate an era of great scarcity of media equipment and products.
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The internet will be the home of coming generations of media makers and viewers. For them, the Internet is neither new nor special, just the thing that connects most of their media choices.
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When work can be made cheaply, cheap becomes the new normal.
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The majors aren't set up to make money on artists selling small number of albums, but that's not a reflection of the commercial viability of the artists. It's a reflection of the economics of running a huge record company. Small independent labels are breaking even and turning profits with sales figures that the majors would take as losses and an excuse to dump the artist, and a small but growing number of artists are taking advantage of the new economics to put out their own records.
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Gisela Strauss