Industry Bloggers Bite Paul McGuinness Back
As reported earlier this week, U2 manager Paul McGuinness had some humorous and colorful things to say about industry bloggers and the state of music in general. A number of those "bloggers" decided to respond and critique his new GQ essay.
Naturally, none of these perspectives are from any sort of the “anonymous gremlins” that McGuinness feared are shaping the conversation around the future of the music industries, but some of the leading thinkers, academics, and professionals in the field.
Mike Masnick, Editor of TechDirt:
"Hi Paul. My name is Mike Masnick… I may be a blogger, but I'm not anonymous. Not only that, I've also attended the past few Midem's, as well — and have even presented a few times off the same stage as you — and, oddly, it didn't end in anonymous gremlins and backlash… [we] are not some bogeymen from the dark… We're people who love music and worry about an industry that is making many misguided and dangerous decisions that do more to harm the music world than the new services and technologies you apparently haven't taken the time to understand. We're not attacking you." (Read the rest.)
Jon Newton, Founder of p2pnet:
"McGuinness makes it clear he still doesn’t understand music fans are the people who keep him and the Big 4 in business and thus have to be treated with care and respect, not attacked as criminals and thieves. They have to be taken into the equation, not left out of it… ‘Free’ and ‘freedom’ are what the internet is all about. But they’re words McGuinness hates with a passion. [McGuinness] makes it clear music lovers have to be taught who’s in charge and made to toe the corporate line, with frightening repercussions for anyone who fails to do so… his views embody those of the labels, and the politicians in their pay." (Read The rest.)
Andew Dubber, Founder of New Music Strategies:
"Hypothetically speaking – what’s better? A world in which only professionals can create, distribute and make a good living selling music to consumers who pay them every time; or a world in which anyone can be a creator if they want to be, and find an audience if they care to? Would we prefer a world with a hundred U2s in it, or a world with a million Jakes? Or is there something in between those two that we could start to work towards here?" (Read The rest.)
Response to GQ essay: R. Millar – A Democratic Solution to File-Sharing.