Born Free: The Hip Hop Scene In South Africa

shockwebpic_bornfree_africanhiphopIn recent years a new generation of hip hop artists has emerged in South Africa, who are taking it back to the roots and celebrating the many cultures that surrounded them growing up in the townships. They are reshaping the sense of identity of South Africa’s youth and expressing what it means to be born free.

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SHOCKLEE @ SXSW 2016

shockwebpic_shockleesxsw2016SHOCKLEE will be all around Austin, Texas for this year’s SXSW music, film and interactive festival so if you’re around town give us a shout and stay tuned to this space and our social media channels for more updates on special events and appearances from our friends and partners.

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Killswitch: The Battle To Control The Internet Documentary Trailer

shockwebpic_killswitchdocutrailerA must-see clip for the upcoming documentary Killswitch, a film about the ongoing and multifaceted battle for the internet put together by Akorn and CineCity Pictures and directed by Ali Akbarzadeh. No word yet on worldwide distribution but there are limited screenings taking place so check for one in a city near you.

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The Culture of Free: A Look Back At Napster & Its Impact On Music

shockwebpic_napsternytimesdocuThis NY Times Retro Report documentary short takes a look back at the beginnings of the file-sharing program Napster which began in 1999 and its strong impact on the music industry, artists and music buying fans.

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Watch The British Asian Sound Systems Documentary

shockwebpic_britishasiansoundsystemFrom Dazed Magazine comes this insightful documentary on the British Asian music and nightlife culture movement starting from the 90′s that interviews some key influencers of the scene.

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Let’s UnPop This: Repetitive Pop Music & The Shazam Effect

shockwebpic_repetitivemusicA must-read feature from The Atlantic looks into why the state of [pop] music is the way it is…repetitive, monotonous, homogeneous, super loud and compressed and in many cases, super cheesy.

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CNET Talks To Shocklee As Gangnam Style Hits 2B YouTube Views

shockleewebpic_ganghamstyle2bPsy’s global colossal hit Gangnam Style just hit a major milestone, 2 billions views on YouTube and is now officially the most viewed video on the site with Justin Beiber’s ‘Baby’ at a distant 1 billion. What does this all mean for music, streaming, how it reaches us and future global successes? CNET’s Seth Rosenblatt talked with a few people about this in the music and video ecosystem including our own Hank Shocklee.

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Creating A Gray Zone: Challenges For Media Producers In The Digital World

shockleewebpic_creategrayzoneElliot Harmon, the Communications Manager at Creative Commons gives a bit of insight into the copyright landscape of creative works in this video by Swissnex San Francisco. When it comes to intellectual property, there is a big gap that lies between the classification of works that are assigned as either public domain or all rights reserved. In the middle of these, exists ‘the gray zone’ where remix, sample culture, creative commons, fair use and new innovative ways to explore, share and exploit creative works lives.

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Going Viral: Organic Or Engineered?

shockleewebpic_goingviralIn today’s culture, trends and memes can spread quickly but what really causes these shifts? Are they truly viral, organic movements by the people? We’d like to think so, but some of these massive viral moments are actually happening with a push from people in position to seed the web.

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April 5-7: Live Stream The National Conference For Media Reform

shockleestorypic_NCFMR2013Live from the mile high city of Denver, you can live stream The National Conference For Media Reform courtesy of our friends at Free Press.

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