I’ve been absent from the blog for a little bit, but I’m inspired again after reading Net, Blogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll : how digital discovery works and what it means for consumers, creators and culture. David Jennings offers a thoughtful view of how technology is changing the music scene, especially the way music is found and shared. He uses the term TLC (Trying out, Links, Community) to identify the three main elements that aid discovery. These could roughly be described as the chance to sample new stuff; links and recommendations to similar artists; and the sharing and suggesting with other fans or members of your community. Of course, I couldn’t help but relate it to my work and it was interesting to think how we do this in the library (and how we could do it differently).
Jennings draws on his own experiences finding new music, along with interviews and anecdotes from listeners and industry experts. There are tons of references in the book, thankfully Jennings has put them on his website Net, Blogs and Rock ‘n’ Roll. The book is packed with information, but he writes with wit and makes a potentially dry subject very readable, with an appeal beyond music fans.