Magazine article Guitar Player

Soundhole Let's Stand Together!

Magazine article Guitar Player

Soundhole Let's Stand Together!

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My curmudgeonly side wishes the Web was old news, so that society could settle into a saner view of the communication arts. I flip out every time I read about Web companies that lose millions of dollars, yet through some fiscal voodoo, manage to make millions of dollars for their stockholders. I can't even handle the fact that 99.6 percent of the billboards on Northern California's Highway 101 are hawking .coms. Yes, I'm getting extremely cranky--but not because some .com evangelists are getting rich by foisting cool ideas and crappy follow-through upon a less-than-discriminating public. My concern-as always--is with the content.

After all, if Web zealots maintain that print is dead, does that mean evocative, elegant prose and informed journalism have been tossed into the grave, as well? When will the Web community grasp that Flash animations and streaming audio and video are simply info delivery systems, and don't have anything to do with the credibility of the content? How long before people stop parroting that Web content delivery is a "new paradigm," and realize that streaming audio (a la broadcast radio), video (a la television), and animation (a la cartoons) have been around for, like, decades.

Lest someone think I'm a cantankerous old guy gunning for a technology he's incapable of embracing, I'm totally enthusiastic about the Web's communication and community-building powers. I'm wildly excited about having easy access to Internet-savvy players in our community, and having the ability to offer them many levels of information (remedial, intermediate, expert, pro, etc. …

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