💬 Digitally Literate #213

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A Decade of Music Is Lost on Your iPod. These Are The Deleted Years. Now Let Us Praise Them.

I love listening to new music, and crafting playlists for a variety of purposes. In fact, in some of my online bios, I indicate that I’m an “award winning online DJ.” Most people give this an odd look, and then move on. This is a reference to the playlists that I created and shared on 8tracks…many of which have gone gold. 

Dave Holmes in Esquire laments the “deleted” decade of music that occurred as we moved from compact discs to streaming services. Holmes even shares a list of the greatest hits from this period.

This story is a great analogy of the challenges we have as a society when our sources of information move from print to pixel. Preservation of history becomes a challenge when the process of printing no longer occurs.

I found Dave Holmes’ piece an intriguing read as my life changed during that time so I was left wondering the place of technology compared to different focuses. It made me think about assemblages and the way in which we can focus on a particular element at the detriment of the wider picture. I had never heard of 8Track before either.

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