Sunday, April 11, 2010

Bookmarks - Internet stuff: Professionalism

Carrie Brownstein's Monitor Mix considers the demands for bands to be professional - interesting to read in the light of Feargal Sharkey et al's suggestions that no music exists beyond or without the music industry:

Furthermore, the Internet, with its countless blogs and critics that cater to the general and the highly specific, has diluted the cultural relevance of music magazines. Appearing in a major music magazine used to draw a line in the sand between big bands and little bands, significance and insignificance, legitimacy and illegitimacy. Now, without a center, or a singular or cohesive cultural influence, nearly all music exists in the same stretched-out elastic sphere. Consequently, the very notion of "professionalism" has transformed. Everyone's a professional.