Also, I feel like… I’ve been writing here for ten years. I’ve said everything. Either things have changed – the dominant voice of NZ feminism has hugely changed, for instance – or they’ve remained the same, and what more can I add?
And there is the exhaustion, there absolutely is. When you have skin in the game, it drains a lot more energy than if it’s all just intellectual. This Trumpian post-truth, lying has no consequences age has just completely sucked out my will to engage.
My take on exhaustion is slightly different. I look back at this place when it was much, much busier and I can’t believe I had the bandwidth for it all. I don’t have the energy any more for shoulder-tapping new contributors or minding contentious discussions, and I’m genuinely happy for it to be quieter. (Although I’m always pleased and interested when you post.) It’s been 16 years of Public Address – and 11 years of Hard News as a radio/internet rant before that.
I tend to stick to the stuff I know most about, which is why I mostly post about media, music and drugs. The site still fills a role and I’d actually love to get it tidied up to reflect its quieter life, but I presently don’t have the money to do that. Press Patron certainly helps, but I’m obliged to treat that as a low-word-rate return on the stuff I do write.
It is interesting to look back a decade and marvel at how respectful the discussion usually was. I think Twitter changed things in a couple of ways – first by drawing off the real-time discussion and secondly by bringing a harsher edge to it. It got really difficult when people started falling out with each other, and hard not to feel I was responsible. Like I said, I just don’t have the mega bandwidth any more.
(Hmmm. This sounds a bit mopey, but it's actually not meant to.)
So nice to see Delia Derbyshire getting the respect she didn’t while alive. She was an extreme perfectionist, which didn’t help, and she quit making music in 1974, not long after she left the BBC. It’s painfully sad she started making music again a few months before she died of renal failure due to chronic alcoholism in 2001.
Indeed. And it’s a shame the hundreds of tapes retrieved after her death have gone unheard because of “copyright complications”. But there is this 25-minute documentary about her:
In keeping with this week's theme: an animated ad Chris Knox made for Real Groovy in 1984.
But then I’m from a demographic that no one cares about so it doesn’t matter what I watch or when.
In commercial TV terms, this is certainly true. If you're not buying whiteware, they're not interested in you.
That was real shame of the closure of TVNZ 7 – it disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of viewers outside commercial TV's narrow target demographics.
Im toying with the idea of playing at The British at the invitation of
Roz @ The Hellfire Club to commemorate playing to IGGY there 40 years ago !
Perhaps an hour long set plus another band that would be fitting the vibe !
Sister ray included
Or you could just play 'Sister Ray' for an hour :-)
Oh, this is timely: Duncan Greive has written a long and nerdy column on changing online metrics – basically, trusting Facebook was a mistake everyone made – and at the end offered some commentary on the fortunes of The Spinoff TV:
There’s another set of numbers which it would be remiss of me to ignore, even though explaining is losing and all that: The Spinoff TV debuted on Three in mid-June, to some extremely excellent numbers: the highest in the timeslot in ages. Then it basically halved over a couple of weeks. Knowing why is a fool’s game, but a combination of intuition and focus groups suggests that it might be because it was very much a work-in-progress in its first few episodes.
After four episodes it was moved an hour later, to 10.45pm, which is quite late. At which point, its ratings did what all shows do when they’re moved from 9.45pm to 10.45pm on a Friday – they tanked. This was extensively reported on by competing media, which is all in the game. (Four Mike’s Minutes is a lot though – maybe a record?)
Since then we have bounced around in low numbers, not disastrous, fairly normal for late on a Friday.
We know the show hasn’t been a smash on linear TV. Our forever antagonists The Taxpayer’s Union (to show just how excited they are about targeting a private organisation, check out exactly who they follow on Twitter) just put out yet another press release assailing the show, praising a National MP’s bill for greater accountability for NZ on Air under the admittedly pretty good headline “Spinoff TV Memorial Bill”. For what it’s worth, I would be heartily in favour of more metrics for publicly funded shows.
That is, so long as it’s all the relevant metrics: The Spinoff TV was pitched as an internet-first show, with a compile for TV on a Friday. That we would place the clips ad free online as soon as they were done, with more made than we could put on the TV.
The big idea was that we valued an online viewer as much as a TV viewer, and the proposal was adamant that a screen was a screen was a screen. The internet is the dominant media distribution channel for many under 40s, traditional media for most over 40s; yet the majority of government funding goes to shows that are first and foremost for linear television.
And it does appear that their online metrics aren't too bad.
My biggest issue, especially in light of recent viewer behavior studies, with NZ On Air is that they’re limited to free to air broadcasting only. If the goal is to help get NZ stories in front of NZ viewers, they’re going to need to figure out how to champion our content on other platforms – some of which may not be free to the viewer.
Yeah, that constraint needs to be examined. NZ On Air's strategy for new platforms has improved a lot in recent years (I think Brenda Leeuwenberg deserves a lot of credit), but that's a roadblock right there.
Meantime, I sprung for Mr Scott’s single a coupla days ago, and have been listening to it almost literally non-stop on my epic attempt to walk every mall and MRT station in Singapore.
It's an odd but fun feeling listening to waiata from home on foreign transit systems. Last time I was in Singapore it was the first L.E.D.s album. New York, the Lontalius album (which was quite good for feeling mysterious and emo on the subway).
Quite pleased to have the copy of Respect which would have traveled NZ’s airwaves bitd, a NZ pressing too. Released in 67 I think so now 51 years old!