Saturday, May 20, 2006

The Future Of Cultural Diversity

The Future Of Cultural Diversity
This item is just too cool to pass up...see if you can follow the tangled trail.

One of the bloggers I follow recently got a paid gig as the official blogger for a major music group. That in itself would be cool, but here's the kicker:

Junichi is an Asian-American blogger who writes primarily about hip-hop. The group that he's been hired to blog about are The Dixie Chicks, the country-western powerhouse. His blog postings will appear on MSN.

Would this have happened before the age of blogging, participatory media, and the mash-up? Maybe. But it sure is one hell of a counter-example for those who claim that the Internet will result in every different culture retreating in on themselves.

By the way, this is probably as good a time as any for me to come out of the closet.

Most people don't know this, but I am a country music fan.

While I don't listen to the radio, much preferring the more refined comfort of books on tape (a steady mix of business books, detective novels, history, and travel writing), when I do listen to music I tend to tune into either country or heavy metal.

I've even been to a country music concert (Jo Dee Messina and David Lee Murphy--ever noticed how many country singers, like serial killers, take the three-name approach?), which was an interesting experience that deserves its own post. (Hint: If you're a tall Chinese guy with advanced degrees, you tend to stand out in a crowd of working-class fans wearing cowboy hats). This was when "Heads Carolina, Tails California" and "Dust On The Bottle" had just came out, so it was a heck of a show.

But I digress.


William Grosso said...

But, dude, you haave to listen to country music on the radio to really understand the demographic. I listen to classical and country. And the ads are completely different.

Classical: assisted living, personal banking, mercedes dealers.

Country: DeWalt power tools, attorneys offering to negotiate with the IRS for you, courses to help you gbet your contractors license.

Ben Casnocha said...

Check out "Something Pretty" by Patrick Park. Not sure if it qualifies as country, but I'm really into it.

K said...

I like C&W because of the tight song writing.
I'm not a Keith Urban fan because I think he's sexy (personally I think he's a dweeb) but because his lyrics rock.
Not a throw away word in the bunch.