“It is no longer cost-effective for us to distribute our digital content the way we have done previously,” Dixon told employees in the memo. He said the company could partner with established media companies to distribute its content. “As part of this shift, we will no longer publish content on vice.com.”
Back in my music blog days I got a lot of samplers, pre-release CDs to check out before anyone else.
One of them was rough cuts and demos of ‘De-Loused In The Comatorium’ from The Mars Volta. I remember this on a CDR, shipped in a padded mailer. That was in 2003, before I moved to NYC. My goodness, this is a gem.
Bands used to post demo MP3s on their websites, too. I have a handful of those, too.
I’ve also got some files that don’t play, which I think maybe are tied to the iTunes store? Thankfully I don’t have too many of those.
“Don’t write online for fame and glory. Oblivion, obscurity and exploitation are all but guaranteed.”
I’m inclined to write “imagine if we had something like this now?” But, anyone could build something like this for their local scene, for their state, their region.
And no one needs to make the BIG ONE, the supreme list of whatever. Everyone could have their lists of favorite bands, or art supply stores, or camera shops, whatever.
There are giant directories that exist like this today, I know. But they’re all flooded with SEO nonsense, scraped, void of humanity.
I think, if anything, we need to get back to human-curated directories and inspire everyone to make their own… de-centralized, as it were. This way there’s not one thing to rule them all, everyone just finds their favorites.
Collect constraints you enjoy. Unusual constraints make things more fun. You can always change them later. This is your style, after all. It’s not a life commitment, it’s just the way you do things. For now.
Having a style collapses hundreds of future decisions into one, and gives you focus. I always pluralize tags so I never have to wonder what to name new tags.