∞ How Facebook Is Killing Comedy

There’s a reason that Mad magazine looks different from Vanity Fair. They need to convey a different aesthetic and a different tone for their content to really pop. Facebook is the great de-contextualizer. There’s no more feeling of jumping into a whole new world on the internet anymore — everything looks exactly the same.

Facebook is the great de-contextualizer and so is Spotify, Apple Music etc. The effects of stripping away context of creation or music making for that matter and the culture around it and mushing the same term “context” into the realm of “user perspective” is a bit perv. See also Voice Recognition changes Music Business.

Link: http://splitsider.com/2018/02/how-facebook-is-killing-comedy/

∞ We need to talk about turntables in clubs

The clubbing industry at large has lopsided priorities. There is a natural pecking order with everything it requires to keep a club solvent and successful, but those holding the purse strings too often get blindsided by solely looking out for the bottom line. No legitimate club forgets to take the right amount of money on the door, or forgets to make sure their alcohol license is still up to date, but many fall desperately short on the side that is the load-bearing pillar of a good night out: the sound.

The only experience a club can offer that is superior than anything else: knee-weakening frequencies with the right amount of punch. Let’s be fair and make it equally an experience for vinyl and digital djs.

Link: https://www.residentadvisor.net/features/3109

∞ How to Be a Responsible Music Fan in the Age of Streaming

Adjusting our purchases to the scale that makes sense for what we’re really after is one way to work around the Spotify/Apple Music model. Just as at a big festival, if what you want is what only these huge corporations can offer, then your subscription money is well spent. But if you’re using a streaming service to listen to anything other than the most-streamed tracks, your money isn’t supporting what you’re hearing.

Look out for the “pay once upfront and stream forever” model, it is the most rewarding way for independent artists and labels.

Link: https://pitchfork.com/features/oped/how-to-be-a-responsible-music-fan-in-the-age-of-streaming/

∞ Sexual harassment in dance music: five women tell their story

By the time we get into town he [the promoter] keeps talking about what a good time I am going to have, and you just want to say, ‘Look, I’m here to work, mate’, and then he starts asking personal questions like if I am married and all that, and you are like, ‘Oh lord, he we go!’ So the first direct proposition is in the car. A really shit one too, like ‘How about it?’ and waggling eyebrows like he’s 15 or something. So you just laugh it off. What else can you do? This is the person who is supposed to be paying you, your ‘employer’.

If you’re a man, read until the very end – espescially when you’re involved in the scene.

Link: https://djmag.com/content/sexual-harassment-dance-music-five-women-tell-their-story

∞ PWAs are coming to iOS 11.3

After the surprise yesterday from a tweet from Ricky Mondello and then the Safari 11.1 beta Release Notes stating that Web App Manifest and Service Workers are implemented which means multi-platform PWAs are now possible, it’s now time to come back to the real world and see what’s what we have.

What to focus on and what to expect when you work on PWAs for iOS.

Link: https://medium.com/@firt/pwas-are-coming-to-ios-11-3-cupertino-we-have-a-problem-2ff49fd7d6ea