Grate minds scourge alike

Uncov reminds me of @man.

@man in 1990-something…

Guess what? We already have all the things we want. As soon as we’re ready for something new, we get it — for free. Why? Because the traditional consumer/producer relationship doesn’t exist on the Internet. Don’t you think that if we really wanted the things you think we want, we would have already developed them some time in the past 20 years for free? Free! Free! It’s so much fun to be able to use that word you hate. Take your margins with you and stick to trying to shove ads onto PBS and NPR.

You almost certainly think of the Internet as an audience of some type–perhaps somewhat captive. If you actually had even the faintest glimmering of what reality on the net is like, you’d realize that the real unit of currency isn’t dollars, data, or digicash. It’s reputation and respect. Think about how that impacts your corporate strategy. Think about how you’d feel if a guy sat down at your lunch table one afternoon when you were interviewing an applicant for a vice-president’s position and tried to sell the two of you a car, and wouldn’t go away. Believe it or not, what you want to do with the Internet is very similar. Just as you have a reasonable expectation of privacy and respect when you’re at a table for two in a public place, so too do the users of the Internet have a reasonable expectation of privacy and respect. When you think of the Internet, don’t think of Mack trucks full of widgets destined for distributorships, whizzing by countless billboards. Think of a table for two.

If you don’t understand right now, don’t worry. You’ll learn it the hard way. We’ll be there to help you learn, you filthy corporate guttersnipes.

Uncov:

Is It Legal?

Who gives a shit? I don’t see no po-lice around. Free beatz, dude!

There is a little bit of ass-hattery going on behind the scenes, though. The site was started by a guy who is only noteworthy by virtue of being the son of Jef Raskin, the human-computer interaction guy who started the Macintosh project at Apple.

Now, the authors of Songza are the type of people who beat off furiously to user interfaces. UI is cute and all, but if the product doesn’t deliver, then what you’ve got left is Web 2.0. I’ll admit it, when it comes to user interface, any attempt I make will be at least a magnitude 6.2 fail. I couldn’t give less of a shit about Songza’s UI, but it plays music for free. For this, I declare win.

Also had to wince at —

…If you are a PPP blogger, the only people who take offense to what you do are sitting in a coffee shop in San Francisco, sipping a latte, typing on their MacBook that’s covered in stickers that boast the name of indie rock bands; stickers that said hipster probably bought in a hipster starter kit of some sort, having never actually seen any of the bands in question.

Wonder what @man’s doing now…

4 comments

  1. Corey’s avatar

    uncov is a freak and says some outrageous things, but he also says some smart stuff that is worth reading.. even though he spouts in street slang :)

  2. vaspers the grate aka steven e. streight’s avatar

    For a second, I thought this post was about the real Grate man, Vaspers the Grate (as in abrasive, not terrific).

    PayPerPost has been destroyed by Google, thank goodness, but this Uncov is correct about the internet not being anything like a captive passive audience.

    We make a lot of our own entertainment now, music, poetry, video, audio, photos, films, and we share it for Free with other Free Thinkers and Fast Acters.

  3. Doc Searls’s avatar

    Ah, but I was thinking about you, Steven, when I came up with the headline. Couldn’t resist. :-)

  4. Damon’s avatar

    Web2.0 along with free music makes for a dangerous combination for established artists. indie artists however, are using these tool to promote their content. Very smart. Check out some really cool indie music here Free Music Listening

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