On Starving Billy Bragg To Death

An article at The Register on what recorded music is really worth. Personally, I didn’t bother sitting through the videos, just went straight to reading the comments, where I added this: My Comment: The analogies don’t work for either side, for or against. An extra digital copy doesn’t cost anything to produce, doesn’t deprive anyoneContinue reading “On Starving Billy Bragg To Death”

The Future Belongs to the Proles

In 1984, Orwell has Winston Smith believe that the future belongs to the proles. Smith it seems has a vestigial romantic socialist notion of the proles as a sleeping beast that will awake one day and overthrow the party to create a new society. Perhaps when the middle and upper classes – the inner andContinue reading “The Future Belongs to the Proles”

Notes and Comments: 27/03/2008

NOTES: A very good article by Rodger Kimball about how the wonderful 1960s, especially that ‘very good year’ 1968, weren’t. An edited version of it appears at The Grauniad’s CiF where I added this comment: My comment: Excellent article!Right on the spot, expect for this ‘the authority of churches and other repositories of moral wisdom’,Continue reading “Notes and Comments: 27/03/2008”

The Celebrity World Meta-Fiction

Here’s an interesting article by Marina Hyde at The Grauniad’s CiF site on the McCartney and Mills show. I believe she has only touched on the most important aspect of the thing and so I added this comment: Well, Marina, you have hinted at it in your piece, but what many people do not seemContinue reading “The Celebrity World Meta-Fiction”

The Folly Of Youth

A while ago, in an article about the resignation of Peter Hain, Andrew Rawnsley wrote this: Mr Brown did move quickly to reconfigure his cabinet to fill the Hain-shaped hole. By promoting a trio of thirtysomethings, he evidently hoped that a younger-looking top table will make this look like a government with plenty of tomorrows.Continue reading “The Folly Of Youth”

Spoilt For Choice

I never did get around to using Napster back in its heyday, although I did use something called Audiogalaxy, a broadly similar sort of thing, for a while – until my (by today’s standard miniscule 3GB) HD was filled up with songs. This short period of almost anarchic free downloading happened to coincide with aContinue reading “Spoilt For Choice”

Salt Of The Earth

An article by Tim Lott in The Independent on the BBC’s sudden realisation that there is still – just about – such a thing as the white working class. Coming from the working class myself, as Lott does, there is a great deal I recognise, and agree with, in his article, especially his remarks aboutContinue reading “Salt Of The Earth”

Singing For Your Supper

Here is a comment I made on The Grauniad’s Cif site about the recording industry becoming redundant. My comment: Technology changes and new industries come into being – like the record industry in the 20th century. Then technology changes and industries fade away and some die. The record companies existed to get a physical thingContinue reading “Singing For Your Supper”

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