I really want to say that NZmusic was a great site, and I only ever had positive experiences from it. But I was a scary nerdy rock chick in my late 20s, not a young teen.
The NZM community was brilliant, and I loved that some teen could get into a discussion with a proper rock star about technical drum issues. It was a place where you could find someone else who was as much of a fan of your favourite band as you were - even if literally no one else knew who the band was.
If there's anything positive coming out of this, it's that we are talking about this and thinking how it applies to situations we're in today, not just stuff that happened in the 2000s. I broke my heart to hear what had been going on, and it's made me think about situations in online communities that I'm currently involved with and what I can do to help prevent another type of situation like this.
Is that why the site closed down? I always wondered why it disappeared all of a sudden.
The closing of NZmusic.com had nothing to do with the Tidball issue. I believe he hadn’t been active on the site for many years prior to it closing, with his online focus moving to his own website when that launched in 2003. Even at NZM’s peak in the early to mid 2000s, Tidball’s actions were certainly not well known amongst the general NZM user base – most of us only found out about it this week.
To my knowledge, NZM closed because it had just fallen out of popularity. Like a lot of websites originating from the early 2000s, NZM had been superseded by the role of social media sites like Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Edit: What Heather said too :)
Broods have a new single out today. It's called "Free" and the while the video isn't out yet (but will be soon), the song is on all the usual digital platforms.
It's fabulous pop, and if anyone can break the NZ music drought in the top 40, it's Broods.
I really enjoyed reading this. It was so insightful and interesting and it had some properly hilarious lolz in it.
We don’t get a do-over on this. We’re locked in.
Mm, the current flag has been in official use for 114 years, so I'm going to assume that the Lockwood flag would be in use for at least that long.
It doesn't work to think that voting for the Lockwood flag would mean "New Zealanders want a new flag, but not this one, so let's come up with another design."
People say that if NZ becomes a republic, there would be a new flag. But what if this isn't the case and the Lockwood flag is decided as being good enough to keep using?
A sounder reason is that the market in secondhand CDs is pants. They're worth bugger-all these days.
I've always wondered if the massive devaluation of second-hand CDs has meant fewer car break-ins now. What is there left in cars for petty criminals to steal?
Back when I lived at the foot of Mt Eden (I could walk to the summit without crossing any roads!), I used to walk up the hill quite a lot. And I can say: getting to the summit on foot is a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience than zipping up in a car. When you reach the top and take in all the majesty of Auckland, it's like, yep, I've earned it and this is my city.
I hope the summit now gets some new landscaping in place of the old tar seal. There's so much potential!
I have been going to gigs for over 20 years and there has always been a problem with people - especially guys - being dicks. It's not a 2016 problem or a "millennials" problem, it's a life problem.
In 2009 I went to a Cribs gig where I got hassled by a number of middle-aged men because I was moving to the music which was disturbing them while they attempted to film their serious music idol Johnny Marr on their little 2009 cellphones.