• The world is ordinary A lot of people confuse “the news” with “how the world is”. That’s not what the news is about. The news is the unusual, the extreme, the extraordinary, the exception. The news draws attention to the world acting out of character. It’s the shocking event, the natural disaster, the criminal, the abnormal. Occasionally there are […] 3 responses 2 min read November 14, 2015
  • Soundcloud – now with advertising! I’m all for Soundcloud making money. I think it’s a fantastic service and a great vehicle for promo, for works in progress and for allowing people to listen to your music. It’s just a shame that when great services are looking to “monetise”, the answer is always advertising. Now, it’s worth pointing out that I […] One response 2 min read August 21, 2014
  • Toward a sixth media age Over my years as an academic, I have developed several pillars of my research. These are ideas I return to time and time again as a leaping off point for understanding other things. I thought it was time I started to put some of them in a form that I can point to as a […] One response 34 min read May 24, 2014
  • The next 100 artists I’ve been looking at music business figures in the news today. I really shouldn’t. The problem is that macro-economics tell a story without meaning. There is no useful knowledge that can be gleaned from Online music licensing revenues pass radio for first time. Why? Because the fortunes of a very few artists skew the results […] No responses 2 min read April 4, 2013
  • Not terribly far away day We had a BCU School of Media “Away Day” today – though it was just a few blocks up the road in another university building called The Pavilions, at our sports ground. Food and coffee and an opportunity to do a bit of blue sky thinking with a bunch of colleagues you don’t always get […] No responses 2 min read March 18, 2011
  • Media as an occasion for protest – and vice versa My work with Punch Records on Protest, the internet and the notion of Remixhibitions took an interesting turn today. Local community radio station New Style Radio is in the midst of a battle between its staff and the board. Station volunteers have been locked out of the building and are trying to raise awareness of […] 3 responses 2 min read June 9, 2010