Digital Music

Challenging Digital Media Studies

David Golumbia’s course “Challenging Media Studies” at Virginia Commonwealth University provides a topical survey of issues in current digital media studies. Dr. Golumbia passed out a list of dozens of topics that were possible entry points into the class. Students voted on which topics they wanted to discuss, and each…

How the Internet is Helping the Music Industry | Will Johnson

The music industry is dying. At least, this is the common expression among music businessmen. The availability of music for cheap prices and the abundance of illegal downloading have effectively crippled traditional music sales. While it’s true that the Internet has dramatically debilitated the traditional institutions that dominated the music…

Past, Present, and Future

When I was a kid, I got into Rob Zombie at about the exact same time I got into Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper (and girls, for that matter…that was a huge summer). It was a stone’s skip from Alice Cooper to Frank Zappa: some snappy comments written by The…