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Thursday, March 15, 2007

This is why we use Wikipedia

Record companies must spend fortunes every year on having websites built for their acts and they are, almost without exception, unutterably useless:
  • They take hours to load thanks to pointless Flash intros put there to impress the client – who has never actually used a web site in his life – and the artist – who doesn't even have a computer.
  • They play music when you don't want them to.
  • They don't play music when you do want them to.
  • They contain official biographies that have NO FACTS in them.
  • They never have any news on them. Or if they do it's generally weeks after the news has found its way into the public domain.
  • They invite users to sign up to newsletters and then use the mailing list as a cross-marketing tool.
  • They have something they call "a store" through which they try to knock out unsold tour merchandise labelled "extremely limited stock".
  • Like a badly maintained shopping centre suffering from urban blight, the community areas are overrun by nutcases and spammers.
  • They have links to "good causes" that nobody in their right mind would ever visit.
  • The money spent will have been enough to feed a family of five for a year.
I feel this all points to a greater truth about mass communications. Any piece of information which any organisation volunteers about itself is by definition misleading, incomplete or plain wrong.