Rocklifestyle determines my death style
A flurry of emails at ILB “towers”:
from Liam Thomson <******@pressredmedia.com>
date Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 12:58 PM
subject Freelance Writing/Music Journalism
I am recruiting a team of freelance music journalists and photographers for a brand new music website and network that is launching in a month and a half.
I liked your work and your portfolio of experience and thus would be interested to offer you a freelance position with us. We will cover any expenses initially as we are a new start-up – however there is room for promotion for paid positions and long-term opportunities for in-house staff positions as well. This would be an excellent time to get involved with us.
I hope this is of interest and I look forward to hearing back from you!
from Dom Passantino <****@gmail.com>
to Liam Thomson <*****@pressredmedia.com>
date Fri, Aug 15, 2008 at 8:05 PM
subject Re: Freelance Writing/Music Journalism
from Liam Thomson <*****@pressredmedia.com>
to Dom Passantino <*****@gmail.com>
date Sat, Aug 16, 2008 at 10:14 AM
subject Re: Freelance Writing/Music Journalism
Judging by your blunt response you were unable to read a clearly explained e-mail with ‘who i am’ included in full in the signature.
Therefore, this offer is now unavailable to you. A little politeness would have gone a long way, regardless of confusion.
Take it easy
Well, that’s me told then.
Look, this is, in a great change for topics of discussion on ILB, part of a greater malaise. This is where the move away from print press to “online brands” has left us: we don’t have editors any more.
Back in the day, the editor was the alpha and omega of journalism. They chose what went in, where it went, who wrote it, and how it looked. Nowadays, editors of music publications (both online and dead tree) are expected to be new media evangelists, branding marketers, SEO genii, 360 degree scripters, and all other manner of inutterable bullshit that has absolutely no place in at least journalism, and ideally the fucking planet.
What does this mean? Well, the classic role of the editor was to wean bullish new media (rather than “new media) talent by telling them to stop what they’re doing because it’s dreadful, and instead try this. Nowadays, an editor is a lot more concerned with how many comments the online version of the article is going to get to worry about basic concepts like “non-shitty writing” and “does this article have any point whatsover” (which, one would assume, explains this).
So yeah, another eulogy for music criticism. But hey, don’t look so down. Let us all get around the campfire and enjoy Liam Thomson’s greatest hits!
Firstly, this is some logo. I wouldn’t really expect to find it on a new media website, it looks like it should be on a bottle of energy drink you buy at the Turkish supermarket down the road.
Anyway, what are Big L’s interests? Glad you asked:
Traveling, Singing, Creativity, Writing, Entrepreneurship, “Dot Com” development, Advertising, Reading, Frisbee, Riding, PR and Promotion, Music, Films, Socializing, Partying, Romancing, Beaches, Food, Art, Lifestyle, Publishing, Photography, Clothes and Fashion, Magazine Design & Layout.
He clearly forgot to include “using Americanised spellings despite living in fucking Bournemouth”. I’ll leave it to you to pick your favourite of those interests (maybe could be the first ILB poll?), but I’d guess it’d come down to a choice between “creativity”, “frisbee”, and my pick, “romancing”.
So much greatness on his blog, though. The fact he’s bigging up forgotten mid-90s rapcorers Zebrahead as a favourite band. Blog posts entitled “A positive forward motion” (insert your own poop gag) and “Sometimes backwards equals forwards“. Tommo’s engaging in some “corporate leisure”: he’s bought a surfboard. The advertising campaign looks like the box art for art nouveau gonzo porn. Did I mention he lists “romancing” as a hobby?
Ah, I digress. We were all on some bullshit back when we were at uni, and at least the dude isn’t (as far as I can tell) wandering around his uni newspaper music meetings with a copy of Plan B in his hand, gesturing at every else in the room going “Oh, you’ve never heard of Herman Dune? I can’t imagine you have, they’ve not been in the (sneer) NME”. At the end of it all, however, he is still on some bullshit, like the rest of the online music crit scene. Take it easy.
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