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emp pop music conference

A couple of other favorite things that I forgot to mention about the Pop Music Conference:

Watching the collection of the assorted body tics, twitches, and responses of music geeks whenever presenters would play samples of the songs they were discussing.

The shudder that went through the room when someone from Pitchfork News asserted that the future of music writing was quickly-typed responses and that the luxury of thought and reflection was soon to be extinct because that's what "the kids today" demand. While it's obvious that there are a lot of "kids" whose musical interests are not served by Pitchfork, I also wondered if "the kids" (that is, actual teenagers) are even reading it at all.


Obviously I read Pitchfork as a teenager, considering that I was a teenager but two months ago. But I actually started reading Pitchfork around age...15, I think? I can count the number of teenage pre-college friends at the time who read it on one hand, though. I was/am always more of a Big Takeover type, though.
yeah. I guess that my point about Pitchfork is that it could be very influential among a certain demographic of readers right now, and that those readers might include teenagers, but the news editor's point that it was the only model for the future of music criticism was really simpleminded. It's crazy not to at least anticipate the possibility that there will be something totally new that will change the way that "kids" experience music criticism.