Opening Pandora’s box: the Future of the Internet Radio Giant

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Back in the year 2000 a company called Pandora Internet Radio set out on a mission to revolutionize not only the radio industry, but also the music listening and discovery experience altogether. Pandora has pushed the boundaries of music discovery through offering the listener the ability to craft their own radio listening experience by giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to a song that comes up on a custom radio station. The Pandora system then takes this information into account when selecting the next song that will play on the station. Listeners can shape a radio station around a single artist, band, music genre, feeling, season, etc., you get the picture. Pandora offers a much more personalized and custom listening experience than traditional FM music radio, which is limited by production for a mass audience and laws regulating airwaves. Pandora, however, personalizes the experience down to an individual level, which could theoretically lead to two listeners with the same “Justin Bieber” radio station, that plays drastically different artists alongside Bieber’s hits. But, with past legal troubles, and a more crowded internet radio space, what are we poised to see from the internet radio giant in the future? One thing is certain, Pandora doesn’t go back in the box, it only comes out! Continue reading

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Online Comment Sections: Problematic or Necessary?

Do online comments sections do more harm than good? This topic is becoming the subject of debate as more and more online publications have chosen to monitor their comments sections or do away with them altogether. I argue that they are in fact not inherently terrible. We should not simply do away with comment sections online because the internet is historically a free-market for ideas and discussion. To remove comment sections is to silence the audience, and that goes against a fundamental founding principle of this country: Freedom of Speech. Sure some comment sections are more problematic than others, and internet trolls have gained widespread popularity in recent years, but to remove comment sections altogether hinders engagement with content. Continue reading

Final Project Outline

Topic: The future of music radio

Media: Interview, text, infographic

Interviewees:

Main questions:

  1. How have streaming services and internet radio disrupted the standard music radio industry?
  2. With increased online radio listenership, where is the future of internet radio headed?
  3. Has standard music radio seen decreased listenership, and what are they doing to combat internet radio advances?
  4. Can these two radio formats coexist and both thrive moving forward?

Infographic shows the increase in online radio listening

Miss Info, a household name in hip-hop journalism

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“Instead of staying up all night working on the sociology paper that I was supposed to be working on, I’d rather go downtown to the The Source and sit up all night listening to mixtapes and writing about why Outkast is so important.” – Miss Info, Buzzfeed2014

Upon first observation you may never guess Minya Oh’s occupation, and that is partly because there really isn’t another like her in her line of work. She’s part of the small demographic of female, Asian American hip-hop/R&B journalist. With over 20 years of experience in hip-hop journalism in some capacity or another, Minya Oh, aka “Miss Info” is one of the most well respected journalists in her genre. From her first review of Nas’ classic “Illmatic” album in 1994 for hip-hop lifestyle mag, The Source, to her time as a radio personality for New York’s favorite hip-hop station, “Hot 97,” Miss Info has become a household name that needs no introduction to hip-hop followers.

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Are holograms the future of live music?

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Coachella 2012, the first time Tupac took the stage in nearly sixteen years to perform for a crowd of thousands of eager fans. Tupac death conspiracists can relax, Tupac is not alive (as far as we know) but he did perform at Coachella three years ago. This Tupac performance was the first in a trend of “hologram” concerts that have been popularized since this ghostly Tupac show. These holograms bare an uncanny resemblance to the real thing and are some what eery to watch. However, this type of technology opens up opportunities never before seen for the music industry. Continue reading