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Is artist control being kidNapped?

Is artist control being kidNapped?

Cut to 1999. Napster has just been released and for the first time popular music, computer viruses and petty larceny are available to the average consumer in the privacy of their own home. You and the 80 million other users of the program can now share those obscure “mp3” files you received from your friend/colleague/sibling/neighbourhood N’Sync fan. Sure, that carefully manicured record collection might still work, and those cassettes recorded from radio broadcasts of your favourite jam almost sound like…

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A Fairground for Awareness

A Fairground for Awareness

FairTrade is no secret of the health-conscious, the in-crowd, the environmentally aware middle-class or the simply “hipster” demographic. In fact FairTrade has very little to do with any of these things. FairTrade is instead a well marketed idea, and in the words of Hugo Weaving “ideas are bulletproof”. As consumers in the first-world, bulletproof-ness is not frequently on our list of needed features in a food product, but an ethical responsibility to sustainability is (along with a small price tag)….

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Out in the Wild World

Out in the Wild World

After 6 months of him travelling the Americas at breakneck pace I finally get to talk to Josh Hewitt again. A 21 year old college student from Norway, he left as a science-loving and slightly geeky friend and has returned the same, albeit more worldly and colourfully dressed. As we sit casually in his family home Josh nurses a mug of tea, continuously glancing around in quiet amazement. “It’s still weird how clean everything here is”, he remarks. Having only…

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