The wrap of the week
Digital New Journalism, the streaming wars, Stories.ie, Pulp Fiction, Johnny Cash, Bad Brains, LL Cool J, Twitter ads and much, much more
Any journalists who write for both print and online will nod in recognition at what Frédéric Filloux has to say in the latest Monday Note about the need for a digital New Journalism. “The survival of quality news calls for a new approach to writing and reporting….when it comes news reporting, you see the same old structure dating back to the Fifties or even earlier. For the reporter, there is the same (affected) posture of effacing his/her personality behind facts, and a stiff structure based on a string of carefully arranged paragraphs, color elements, quotes, etc”
List of the day: 10 music artists who are dead inside
Big thanks to everyone involved in making Banter’s debut in Cork at the weekend such a success. Really appreciate our speakers James Whelton (CoderDojo), Niamh O’Mahony (Cork City FC), Mary Nally (Drop Everything) and Mark Carry (Fractured Air) giving up their time to discuss Doing It Differently. Thanks also to the audience and everyone at the Pavilion (especially Joe Kelly) for all their hard work. We’ll be back in Cork in the coming months.
Meanwhile, our next Banter outing will be It’s A Man’s World at the Twisted Pepper on Tuesday February 26 with Sean Moncrieff (Newstalk), John Buckley (SpunOut), John Evoy (founder Irish Men’s Sheds Association) and Damien Mulley (Mulley Communications and a zillion other things) on what it means to be a man in Ireland today. Full info and sign-up details here.
Despatches from the streaming wars: the ultimate guide to articles about streaming, Fintan O’Toole parses the difference between streaming and stealing, how streaming will change culture for the better and, while everyone is going gaga about Spotify cheques, what’s the story with iTunes’ payments for indies?
One for the pointyheaded heavy metal fans (all six of them) in the audience: a study on the collective motion of moshers at heavy metal concerts. Hat-tip to Irish Times agrimetal correspondant Ronan McGreevy.
Today’s pop culture oral history fix: the making of Pulp Fiction
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison
In praise of Kendrick Lamar’s “good kid, mAAd city”. And, on a similar tip, why hip-hop right now is more ideas and emotions and less guns and violence.
“The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden sat in a wicker chair in my backyard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids or pay for their medical care”. Expect this superb piece by Phil Bronstein for Esquire to feature in various Best Of longform writing lists for ages to come.
Cost of an ad on Twitter? $200,000
Sean O’Hagan’s guide to the David Bowie retrospective at London’s V&A
Rita McGrath, “an expert on strategy in uncertain and volatile environments”, muses on what’s next for the music business.
Perhaps data is really what’s next? Forbes magazine turns up Next Big Sound, the company tracing the flotsam and jetsam of online music consumption.
LL Cool J rockin’ it in Maine in 1985
Stories.ie: interesting conference happening in Cork’s Triskel on March 21 with people like
Richard Seabrooke (Offset), Daragh Murphy (Hairy Baby), Will McInnes (Culture Shock), Pat Phelan (TrustEv), Caroline Hennessy (Bibliocook and 8 Degrees Brewing) and Jo Mangan (Performance Corporation) telling their stories.
Band tips: Jack Cooper from Mazes gives y’all 10 golden rules for being in a DIY indie band
The Daisy chain is kicking off: Jimmy Iovine does some boosting for Beats’ soon-come streaming service. This “curation” thing will never catch on. Meanwhile, speaking of Beats….. Actually, who the hell needs Beats anyone when you have these to stick in your ear?
Interesting numbers and stats about the nuts and bolts of why 45 per cent of music fund-it-yourself drives fail.
One for the Apple fanboys: 26 Apple designs that never came to pass
Bad Brains live at New York’s CBGB in 1982