Speaking of ye olde search engines, when I started at Xtra in 1999, there was a page I had to maintain on the Xtra website that was a list of search engines that people could use, including one for New Zealand sites.
Anyway, this anniversary is a good a time as any to revisit Down to the Wire, a history of the internet in New Zealand, from 1989 to 2010.
As he'd done the night before, Springsteen kicked off with a solo blues interpretation of 'Royals'.
Ooh, he dropped an F-bomb, which didn't attract any sort of fuss, not like when Lorde said it.
It reminds me of Michele A'Court's brilliant piece on the subject of women in comedy. Why are lady comedians so sweary? They're not, says Michele. It's just that some people notice swearing a lot more when a woman does it. Fuckin' oats.
Hang on a minute: that was a highly justified response to what was an outrageous attempt at exploitation by a major corporation. It was successful, too, as Air NZ backtracked. So people moved on. What's wrong with this picture exactly?
I picked it as an example because it was a corporation and not an individual, so I didn't cast new light on an example like the media personality who made the racist tweet and didn't see how it was racist.
Here's the thing. After the kerfuffle, Air NZ added a note to their website saying "We'll re-think our approach & come up with appropriate compensation." That's still what their website says, and no one seems to really care about it anyone.
However, the bikini models in the new Air NZ safety video - well, that got a few tweets.
There's always something wrong on the internet.
This year I've also watched, glumly, as some poor sap became the subject of that day's Twitter pile-on, and wondered, sometimes, what became of the benefit of the doubt.
The pile-on mentality is so weird. It's made Twitter somewhere unpleasant to use lately. I've unfollowed a few people and turned off retweets on others just to stop the almost daily pile-on panics.
The craziest thing about pile-ons is how quickly they're forgotten. Remember a couple of weeks ago when everyone was angry that Air NZ were asking for people to write for their blog without payment? There were heaps of tweets and blog posts and commentary and Air NZ said they'd offer something to their writers, then a couple of days later everyone forgot about it. Oh.
The pile-on wants a really quick mea culpa. The sinner is meant to issue a 300-word apology and then go back to work a changed person. They're not meant to go away and think about it. They're not supposed to have a massive revelation in the shower one morning three weeks later. No, if the pile-on can work up outrage in only a few hours, then the apology must be delivered just as fast.
The pile-on is becoming an odd form of entertainment disguised as a moral campaign.
Also ... there's still a sponsorship opening for a food blog.
This needs to happen! A food blog is like when Capture asks people to send in holiday photos - everyone gets excited and everyone has something to add. Foodie-ish sponsor, where art thou?
(if you think “digital producer” sounds like a cool, influential job, you may be disappointed).
Lolz! This is what I did at TVNZ. And yeah, it's not an influential job, but it was pretty cool (at least my particular role was). It's basically running the website/s for various TV shows, a lot of which involves the time-honoured skill of copying and pasting. No power lunches, unless you count the time we all went out for pork sandwiches from the Naenae bakery.
When I was at TVNZ in Auckland, we used the Ruru meeting room to hold an after hours meeting in which the guys of the department were ranked in order of hotness. But I would not have organised a political meeting.
It surprises me a bit that the TVNZ staffers were using their work email to organise non-work-related things. But then, this happens. Some people don't ever have a personal email address. Their email address is always their work email, wherever that is. The concept of having a personal email address might be a totally new idea. But this is the sort of thing that an employer needs to sort out, like an intro to the basics of a personal account.
As for the issue of bias on Te Karere, when I was editing the subtitles on the show five years ago, back then I'd say the content had a lot more editorial commentary than the 6pm news ever did, and they definitely got away with saying stuff that wouldn't pass at 6pm.
Could someone please give me a brief explanation of what the TPP is and why it's so important. I've seen many tweets on the subject, but when I ask, no one seems to have the time to describe it. Like, pretend I know nothing and go from there.
Another case of entertainers being blocked from entering New Zealand because, um, New Zealand hip hop fans are in capable of distinguishing between fantasy and reality?
Street Chant beat the Naked and Famous in their year and have an endlessly-awaited debut album coming.
*ahem* Street Chant's debut album Means was released in 2010, the same year they won the Critics Choice Prize. It's their follow-up album that they're being slack-arses about (though last year's EP Isthmus of One Thousand Lovers was brilliant).
The Billboard listicle is interesting. Lorde wasn't really part of any Auckland music scene, so it's not the same as, say, the Seattle explosion of the '90s, where a bunch of bands who all knew each other were getting attention.
But I think there'll be Lorde-alikes thrust into the world of pop this year - though not necessarily New Zealanders. There'll be minimalist production, gothy teen singers, girls with long curly hair - and maybe even all three in one person!
There will be Bush to Lorde's Nirvana.