Episode 040 Paul Levinson

On January 10, 2011, in Podcast, by Patrick Hester

040 The Functional Nerds

In the 40th episode of the Functional Nerds, we welcome to the show singer, songwriter, record producer, science fiction author, media/pop culture commentator and all around cool guy – Paul Levinson!.  We chat with Paul about: Hats (cuz hat’s are cool), science fiction, music, doo wap, The Bronx, the Kingston Trio, Spun Dreams, The New Outlook, Twice upon a Rhyme, songwriting, music producing, college, writing, The Village Voice, teaching, Analog Magazine, radio, Murry The K, Wolfman Jack, New New Media, Amazon, iTunes, TuneCore, ReverbNation & Les Paul.



Featuring Original Music by:

Paul Levinson: Unbelievable (excerpt)
Paul Levinson & Linda Kaplan: Not Yet Ready to Say Goodbye (Excerpt)

© 2011 Patrick Hester & John Anealio

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  2. Matthew says:

    I have one comment that seems to have been skipped by Levinson. The “old media” (ONM) that required some sort of vetting service before a book could be printed, or an album could be sold in record stores served a very important function that is now being left unfilled by “new new media” (NNM). That of editing. I think that Wikipedia is an example of NNM failing the public through a lack of editing and review. A world where textbooks, encyclopedias, news stories, etc aren’t edited by anyone.

    I’m not addressing the idea of quality in fiction, music, or some other creative endeavor, I mean that the same thing that is great for creative expression is absolutely horrible for science, journalism, and history.

    • Hi Matthew – One of the issues I talk about in New New Media is whether there is any loss of accuracy in media which are not gate-kept or edited in traditional ways. A now classic study by Nature Mag found there was no significant difference in error levels in Wikipedia vs the Encyclopedia Britannica. And when you consider the poor job the traditional media did in reporting the lack of WMD in Iraq prior the Iraq War, non-gate-kept new new media couldn’t have done any worse.

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