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Distractions and holding back.

Now this is just the tip of the iceberg.. the underlying theme herein will be expanded upon over future posts and so this is an introduction of sorts. I think a lot about the direction we are going in with social media et al, or whatever it will be called in the future. The wheel is turning faster and faster and everyday we are seeing more and more innovations to make our virtual lives and communications easier. But there is the rub. Just because it is easier (more convenient) doesn’t necessarily mean it is any more useful, it may just make room for more distraction. Much of what we invest in is worth nothing when something better comes along.

If we are in a global recession, then why and how can we afford to keep buying virtually nothing? We are upgrading and obsoleting technology quicker than ever and piling up rubbish that was once worth substantial amounts (of course it still is to those in the lucrative recycling industries) so we can move on to the latest trend and give ourselves a false sense of belonging. The question is though, do we own our purchases or do they own us?

The Law of Distraction may sound familiar to those of you who have explored the realms of self-improvement on the information-super-highway. I’m putting this out there as a mirror on that and on our internet use (also, wider media consumption) in general. How much of what we consume is useful? How much of it is useful enough to improve our livelihood and advance our career path? ¬†How much of it is distraction? Of course we individually know the answers to these type of questions. We are living the same experience, that of the information age, but we are not all on the same page and that is largely the point. Whether you are an early adopter or a noob, the net has become a part of daily life for a large amount of people and within that there is a sense of pressure that you need to be part of the latest trend or get left behind. But what do we leave behind?
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Newport (Jay-Z & Alicia don’t like it)

Bah.. so I just heard about the pulling off YouTube of the Newport (Ymerodraeth) State of Mind video. Ok, it’s last weeks news, but we aren’t all on the same page at the same time! So, it wasn’t EMI but the songwriters who ordered the takedown (from the holy grail of entertainment that is the Tube of Goo). Yep, Alicia Keys, Jay Z and friends didn’t like it according to reports… 1 2 But then again they probably felt that by pulling it the would make it go even more viral.. More PR! What’s it they say about that?!

Newport State Of Mind: why has it been removed? BBC Wales Music Article by James McLaren is worth a read as it looks at the legal aspect of cover versions etc. The thing is though, it captures something that music inspires… relating, responding, singing (Hey, do you relate?!). It’s all about the versions! Personally I think this version is miles better than the original, certainly much cleverer.

Don’t get me started on sample based music (or even inspired music for that matter)…

ahem..

Anyways..
Hats off to MJ Delaney and team

And so, given the nature of sharing, the video has been reposted on YouTube by many.. picking one here.. we’ll see does it last..

also check out Goldie Lookin’ Chain’s response to the parody..

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