The Unheard Music, Heard: Listen to me talk Forgotify on Soundcheck 0

What do Hans Edler, Mundell Lowe and John S. Hall and Kramer have in common? Until recently, they all had songs that had never been streamed on Spotify. I know that because I recently spent several hours combing through a new service called Forgotify, which identifies the nearly four million tracks in Spotify’s huge library [...]


Social media, journalism and the next generation on the future of news 0

As mentioned in my previous post, I’ve been fortunate to be able to guest-speak at a class on social media taught by my friend Jesse Littlewood at Tufts University’s Experimental College this semester. In my second and final appearance, I helped to cover the impact of social media on journalism. It’s a big topic to [...]


The economics of social media, from a non-economist 0

Over the past month, I’ve gotten the chance to do some guest presentations for my friend Jesse Littlewood‘s class at Tufts University’s Experimental College, ”Social Media: Participatory Culture and Content Creation in Society.” It’s been a fun experience to learn about college students’ takes on social media trends of today, from whether SnapChat should’ve taken that [...]


Six Good Songs About Beer 0

It looks like I’m not the only one who has felt the similarities between the music and craft beer communities. Many of the responses to my latest PopMatters column (“Beer is the New Music”) told a story of an easy transition from one world to the other, thanks to like-minded people who share interests in [...]


The top 12 books I finished this year, according to my library reading history 0

I don’t often participate in year-end list making, but it’s not because I hate ranking things. The problem is my memory, which causes me to quickly forget even the best things I’ve read, watched or listened to after a few months. Maybe not completely forget them, but enough to blank when someone asks for a [...]

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