A request someone posted at TinyMixTapes:
I need unapologetically cheerful music, perfect for dancing around the kitchen while baking cookies and forgetting that I am very, very alone.
requested by: M
compiled by: little cola wong
01. The Partridge Family – "Come on Get Happy" (Partridge Family: Greatest Hits)
02. Billy Bragg & Wilco – "I Guess I Planted" (Mermaid Avenue)
03. Cookies – "Girls Grow Up Faster Than" (Complete Dimension Sessions)
03. James Brown – "I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)" (Make It Funky – The Payback)
04. PJ Harvey – "Good Fortune" (Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea)
05. Pizzicato 5 – "We Love Pizzicato Five" (The Sound of Music)
06. K-OS – "Fantastique" (Exit)
07. Le Tigre – "Tres Bien" (Feminist Sweepstakes)
08. Jill Scott – "Golden" (Beautifully Human)
09. Bjork – "There’s More to Life Than This" (Debut)
10. Cibo Matto – "Sci-Fi Wasabi" (Stero Type A)
This summons the idea of an exchange in which we program culture for one another. Blogs already serve this sorting function. ("Hey read this. Consider that.") But what’s especially interesting is that there could exist large banks of playlists or playlist creators which could deliver playlists that are very carefully chosen to fit a very particular moment. Now the playlists become "sound tracks," as exquisitely appropriate for our lives as they are for a movie.
And this makes me think of the discussion that just took place on the Wharton site: Wikis, Weblogs and RSS: what does the new internet mean for business. Janice Fraser, Ross Mayfield and Philip Evans are interviewed by Kevin Werbach, and Janice talks about
a shift from what I call host-provided value — such as CitySearch (where publishers provide local events listings in different cities) — to user-provided value in websites such as Upcoming.org (a global events calendar managed by users).
As we see it being played out at the moment, it works precisely as an exchange in a quite literal sense. You and I engage in several reciprocities, and, as I result, I can reasonably ask you to program music choice for my drive to the Cape in July. (I will reciprocate with a list of the 10 best novels about Elizabethan England to read on your vacation.)
But unless we are living on a Kibbutz, filled with fabulously smart and well informed people, chances are we are going to want some cultural programming for which no friends exist. And this is, I believe, the reason we have a marketplace (and something liquid called "money" to make non reciprocal exchanges possible)!
So how about it? When is the internet going to create a marketplace inwhich intellectual, social and cultural capitals trade hands in exchange for money. When are we going to grow up and move on? The problem, to use Weberian language, is that we have made most of the cultural exchange that takes place on the internet "enchanted." It is shot through with larger meanings and governed by larger reciprocities. And yes, he said, wiping away the tears, I think there is something touching about all of us, and especially me, doing all this programming for free.
But until we monitize this exchange, we systematically exclude from possibility some of the cultural productions we will care about most. (I would love a mix every fortnight of current music from several genre, complete with intelligent commentary and a little cultural GPS positioning on the cultural map. And, yes, I would pay for it.)
Put it this way. The informal, enchanted, reciprocal exchange of cultural productions has been great. It has been an honor and a privilege, that is to say, to live on this Kibbutz. But, ladies and gentlemen, we must someday come to our senses, move to Haifa, and live in the real world. Ok, Tel Aviv.