Crimebusters: The Social Media Files

     |    Wednesday July 31st, 2013

This is Joe King Carrasco‘s amp. It was stolen recently in Austin.   So far, so unremarkable. Equipment theft in Austin, which prides itself as “the live music capital of the world,” is big business.   I’m not sure why equipment theft gets me so angry. Possibly it’s because the biggest score I ever made, 

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The Serfs’ Revolt

     |    Wednesday June 26th, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I took note of Barney Hoskyns’ essay on his Rock’s Back Pages site (and managed to spell his surname wrong: sorry, dude) about the increasing tendency of large corporations to ask freelancers to just donate their work. Not just large corporations, either: start-ups and independent projects seem to think it’s fine 

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Breaking News: There Is No Santa Claus

     |    Wednesday December 26th, 2012

These things flare up like sunspots and then disappear again, and along the way, issues get raised, but often the ones in the spotlight aren’t the right ones. To be more specific, last week’s news about Instagram.   Now, I’m not completely sure what Instagram is, except that it’s a social photo-sharing service that Facebook 

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Space Aliens Read Your Thoughts!

     |    Wednesday November 28th, 2012

Boy, reading Facebook yesterday was a drag. A relatively innocuous document (that link’s only readable by people with Facebook accounts, by the way) from them, sent to all its users last Thursday, announced among other things that allowing users to vote on proposed changes “created a system that incentivized quantity of comments over the quality of them,” 

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Death and Resurrection

     |    Wednesday July 4th, 2012

“Oh!” a friend exclaimed when I told her that The Word was dead. “I’m so glad that’s the name of a magazine. Because it’s almost true.” That, in fact, may be the only part of the story that’s good news. Although I almost never saw it, because it was barely distributed outside the U.K., and 

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