I Knew It!

“The fact is, P2P is a likely distribution channel for our wares,” says Jed Simon, head of new media for DreamWorks Records. “If we’re going to be intelligent businesspeople, it behooves us to understand it.” BigChampagne is happy to provide that understanding, even if it has to operate on the sly.

What people are listening to is something key to businesses, which is something that anyone with half a brain could tell you. [Listen to your market, eh?] Whether it’s something like collaborative filtering amongst a small network, or just trying to pick up on trends on a larger scale, music companies have two options:

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Why I Love Six Apart

Okay … so I may not exactly love Moveable Type, but I love the people at Six Apart. And it’s not because I’ve got this platonic man-crush on Anil.

[Holy schnikies, did I just say that out loud?]

Moving on … I don’t love MT, but I love stuff like great community resources for users. As some of you know [since that’s where you met met–Hi, Indigo!], I was one of the goofballs who ended up being a big part of the Greymatter user community during its heyday, before MT came along and blew GM out of the static-page-generation-logware water. [And yeah, I’m enough of a pedantic acronmyizer to thing of that as SPGLW. Everything is “logware” to me … and I’m still tickled that Michel called b2/cafelog “logware” from the outset. Truly, the measure of a man’s intelligence is the degree to which he agrees with you, and imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.]

[Uh oh, I’m about to turn into a fuckhead.]

But these are the things which a smart company does — they speak to their users in language that they understand, and they meet their users on their own terms. Truly intelligent people can meet people in conversation on whatever level their conversation partner is most comfortable.

I am well, well convinced that Ben, Mena, and Anil are truly intelligent people.

[Even if they don’t call MT logware, and even if they don’t realize that static pages suck. :D]

Linklisting

I think linklisting is cool, but there’s something to be considered that maybe Anil has not, because he’s too closely involved.

Anil speaks of the “maturity” of the Weblog format, but is there one Weblog format? And does that one Weblog format involve linklists?

I’m not so sure.

Of course, a big part of this is because I consider the Weblog to be a true Web log, commenting on stuff online. Most of what people call Weblogs or, worse, “blogs” [-shudder-] seem to be more representations of their lives online, rather than representations of online lives. There’s a distinction to be drawn there.

There are as many formats to Weblogs as there are people who do them. Perhaps that’s overstating the point, but the only thing that really and truly is common to them all is the entry-as-atom. Past that, there are endless variations: use, form, function. For Anil to consider linklists to be endemic to the Weblog is natural for him, because that’s how he does it. But I would see it as extra functionality. Sure, it’s functionality that serves a purpose [not only for the author to point to fun stuff they see, if for no other reason as a reminder to go back and read it later, but as a frequent content-publishing form that draws readers back and boosts “ratings” and ego], but it’s not endemic to the Weblog.

At least not to me.

And I’m not jumping down Anil’s throat here. If I ever did so, it would be over something far more important. 🙂

Being a Music Pimp

I’ve had this idea rattling around in the back of my head for some time, and I might as well use this space for creative purposes. While the origins of this idea have their homes in my interactions with musicians in Nashville, the best explanation of the idea is probably in an article by Clay Shirky about the music business.

Collaborative filtering seems to be one of the happy benefits of the Internet. Before, it was pretty hard to get a diverse group of people to ponder things and give you their opinion; while the ‘net isn’t totally diverse [as their economic concerns, not only in barriers to entry but also in having enough leisure time to really invest into the system, which is something that I think many people forget about net.enthusiasts], it’s diverse enough. After a while, people will self-aggregate into various chunks/groups what have you, because we’re innately social despite our innate independence.

One of the things that many folks will be enthusiastic about is music. Folks dig music. Why was Napster so dang popular? Yeah, for one, it was about getting free music. There’s always going to be some people who loaf on the system. But these are the same people who will beg and beg and beg of you to rip them a copy of your CD, which isn’t in and of itself illegal [copying is fair use; copying and distributing isn’t], but it’s questionable. The rise of MP3 as a compression algorithm made digital distribution a viable medium.

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