You heard it on the rexblog playlist

You heard it on the rexblog playlist: Every Friday, I’ll be posting a Rexblog Playlist of that week’s bumper music so that you can line up your weekend iTunes downloading plans accordingly. Also, you can get the complete list of bumper music at the “you heard it on the rexblog archive” (Remember, this is a profit deal. I’m trying to get the seven readers of this weblog to download 20 million songs so that I can make $1 million.)

Rexblog Playlist 002: Weekly Bumps #1

Time and Time Again (Counting Crows)

C.C. Rider (Chuck Berry)

Chain Reaction (Diana Ross)

I’m a Woman (Peggy Lee)

Over the Rainbow (Judy Garland)


In the Jailhouse Now
(Jimmie Rodgers)


Search, Find
(Bee Gees)

Colour My World (Chicago)

Couch Potato (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

Handy Man (James Taylor)

Suede (Tori Amos)

Math Suks (Jimmy Buffett)

Saturday Night (Ozomatli)

Big Shot (Billy Joel)

Nine to Five (Dolly Parton)


Twisted Teen
(Béla Fleck & Tony Trishka)

One Way or Another (Blondie)

Money for Nothing (Dire Straits)

Black (Pearl Jam)

Crazy Train (Ozzy Osbourne)

Foggy Mountain Breakdown (Flatt & Scruggs)

Breathe (Faith Hill)

Everything Old is New Again (the Method and Result)

Update: Tom Brio also has a Friday playlist & here’s Rox’s (that’s right, Rox) playlist of her “Friday Random Ten.” It appears I’m joining in a great tradition.

Media value chains

Media value chains: Via Jeff, I saw this post by VC Tim Oren regarding “the possibility that one of the major value chains in modern society – media and advertising – will be rearranged (by the Internet, “people’s journalism,” et al), at least in part. That makes an economic analysis of the issue rather interesting.” Jeff amplifies what Tim says.

But let me disagree (agreeably, as Jeff once complimented me). When dissecting media into “content” and “transactions” you display why I share Doc Searls’ dislike of the term “content” (I couldn’t find the Doc reference I was looking for, but found this relevant post on “mediaism”). I agree that much of the information we have historically obtained through “old media” is much more accessible via new means. And I’m first in line for the blogging-new media-internet-technology-changes-everything band-wagon.

But while I think “old media” is forever changed, I believe one has to examine the various roles of specific “old media” before one dismisses entire categories as buggy whips (my metaphor, not theirs).

I live my life in new media. But my great passion (obviously) is magazines. And while I agree with Jeff/Tom that old media that is focused on the dissemination of “breaking news” will likely be displaced by new media, I must remind everyone that “news magazines” take up but a small chunk of shelf space on the consumer newsstand. Even in the business-to-business world, where I can make a fairly persuasive argument that much of the “content” in trade publications can be disseminated more efficiently electronically, I also know that magazines play a role in people’s lives that transcends content.

If I had more time (and may do this later), I would talk about the role of “experience” in how we encounter media or, better yet, I would quote Virginia Postrel in trying to argue that certain media bring with them (beyond the information they provide) a certain aesthetic value that “remakes” our consciousness.

I don’t know. All this makes me feel the need to go back and reread some Mcluhan (or, my favorite,Osmo Wiio — no way, if you Google “Osmo Wiio,” the rexblog shows up second) or perhaps Adam Smith.

Bottom line: media economics may be about bundles and values chains and transactions…but that’s not why someone displays a magazine on the coffee table.

bumper music: Chain Reaction (Diana Ross)