Like many of us, I’m still sorting through what role mainstream media plays in this new web 2.0 world.
I don’t watch tv anymore, really. YouTube and viddler have my attention now.
I haven’t cancelled my subscription to National Post (and here you thought I was entirely lefty. surprise!) but I rarely read it – I prefer grabbing headlines off twitter and reading the selected articles.
But here’s a purpose it does serve for me. I sometimes look to mainstream media to be the expert, sort through it all, and provide the most worthy content. CBC still does that (although that is changing).
So here’s the story.
Alas! a google search yielded little, itunes came up empty and I lost all hope when cbc pointed out that the recording “was not available commercially”.
WAILING & GNASHING OF TEETH! (yes, over a piece of classical music)
Enter web 2.0.
I cried out my pain on twitter, and my cry was answered by a woman in Nebraska (named Barb, to be specific) who actually knew of Zelenka! Barb pointed me to a recording of the piece on youtube (see below). Now I strongly suspect the
recording is under copywrite and should not be posted on youtube! But I listened anyways, and listened again and again until my addiction was complete.
I also cried out my fate – having fallen in love only to discover the music was UnAvailable (anyone who can relate?) – on facebook. Enter my buddy Clive who responded with a link to Amazon with several second hand recordings.
And for the icing on the cake, David (see link above re: cbc changing) e-mailed me with a link to a place I could order the score.
My point is simply this. Mainstream media may yet serve us all well, if it can figure out how to draw our attention to the quality stuff (as opposed to the quantity of crap, so ably poked at by Morning Brew). And if it weren’t for the exposure it received (illicitly?) on YouTube, I may well have forgotten about it. As it turned out, I am going to purchase the recording, for sure, and likely the score. Perhaps the sky isn’t falling. Perhaps this brave new world of new business models may result in wins for everyone.
Readers: have you ever started out with errrrr, grey-area consumption of something that resulted in a purchase?
fyi – here is the piece that caught my attention. It’s just over 2 minutes, it grabs you, and doesn’t let you go til it’s done.