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Generic Update

So, it seems I’ve garnered an audience. And by audience, I mean about 5 people, maybe less.  Heck, if I managed to get 5 people listening to me in a pub, I’d be impressed. I suppose this means I will have to update regularly now, you know, the whole blogging shit: build up an audience, practice your writing, and that bollocks which reduces the internet to a virtual shouting match, the prize being… more people hearing you, but naught much else.

Anyway, I applied to some internships today – the guardian’s was particularly interesting: it asked me for two ways to improve the website, and three features. Here they are, if one of you 5 people (6 if mum figures out where the “Favourites” button is) would like to comment, that would be hawt.

1 – The top menu could be fashioned differently – Instead of clicking on the top tabs to reach the lower ones in that section’s homepage, I’d rather the sub-tabs appeared on roll-over. I realise this is less exposure for articles, but from the point of view of a user who knows where he is going, it is one less click to get to the desired section, at no extra space on the page.

2 – add a “Most commented” button in the archives. Sometimes the Guardian’s piece is just the beginning of lengthy discussion. It would be helpful to see which articles, searched for by topic, garnered the most comments.

Features:
“New media” is invading the classroom, with Sir Jim Rose’s latest idea to teach twitter and blogging in primary school the peak of this phenomenon. But do the teachers have the necessary skills to teach these new forms of media, and would it not seriously exclude children in schools with few IT resources?

The internet, and specifically the blogosphere, is essentially one big shouting match, with any opinion being aired (often vented) with little syndication. How do the most successful bloggers stand above the rest, what can be done if you are just entering the blog jungle, and is there really any point besides exposure?

With the rise of iTunes, Spotify, LastFM and illegal downloading, the music industry is struggling to find it’s feet, and bands have ever increasing opportunities to “go independent” and create a fanbase without needing the support of big labels. How are the labels adapting, with particular interest at how contracts and their wooing of bands is changing.

Does anyone else think these are issues worth looking into? I realise none of them are exactly the peak of investigative journalism, but nonetheless…

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2 thoughts on “Generic Update

  1. should we care how the labels are adapting? If bands can get a fan base and get big without them then do we actually have any ethical moral reasons for wanting to retain them?

  2. Kirsten on said:

    Re: ‘New Media’ – I do not think there will be a problem of excluding children with few(er) IT resources – in this day and age schools, if not all homes, are sufficiently equipped not only with computers but with unlimited access to the internet. I think this will undoubtedly grow. I think that in special circumstances where these resources aren’t as readily available, it will almost certainly be in a situation where not only one child is affected but rather an entire area/community/school.

    In addition, if Twitter/Wiki etc is to be adopted into the curriculum I have faith that teachers will be given a sufficient amount of training to be able to adapt (and if not, the transition period will not last long as new teachers will eventually replace those in a later stage of their career who lack the required IT experience). The only concern is whether or not the time and money devoted to this scheme would be better spent on something else.

    Lastly, I think your final comment re: the effect that downloading/online access to music has on the labels is certainly worth further investigation. I think it would make a brilliant piece.
    eg. Perhaps this might force labels to become less greedy/exclusive and give to the artists they sign and promote a greater share of the (financial) rewards.

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