These Just In

I’m happy to say that “Free Ride” keeps getting media attention – which means I keep getting chances to run my mouth about the issues that face the media business online.

Here is an interview I did with The Wrap about piracy, pricing, and the future of the media business in general. Since it’s a business site, I got the chance to talk in some depth about the exact nature of the media’s problems, as well as potential solutions.

I’m also thrilled to be the subject of “The Sunday Conversation” in today’s Los Angeles Times. In 1994 – in what seems like another world – my first job out of graduate school was an internship at the Los Angeles Times Calendar section, where I covered minor music news, wrote about small films, and profiled a movie-set “Baby Wrangler.” It was “intern stuff,” in other words, and I did it in “intern style” – with much more enthusiasm than expertise. It wasn’t always easy, but I had a blast and I learned a lot. Whatever the journalism businesses of the future look like – digital or analog, big or small – I hope they have the organizational stability to give young reporters the same learning opportunities.



5 thoughts on “These Just In

  1. Hi. When I try to read the interview over at the Wrap all I get is
    “You are not authorized to access this page.”
    with no indication of how to get the required authorization. Do I need to subscribe to the Wrap? Do I have to buy the article? What?

    I have no objection to paying for it, but if that’s the case, they’re doing a remarkably poor job of selling it, because I have no idea how to give them the money. Or rather, since I could just send them money, no idea how to give them the money while making it clear that it’s in exchange for access to the article.

    Or do I (and I assume other people) lack authorization for some other reason?

    Posted by zbekric | December 19, 2011, 12:39 am
  2. Rob,

    The PLUS MORE link below What People Are Saying doesn’t work (leads to a 404). Can you fix please?


    – bill.

    P.S. your book was my corporate gift to clients this year. (That will most likely account for about 0.02% of your sales.)

    Posted by Bill Rosenblatt | December 24, 2011, 1:20 pm
    • When did you try it? I JUST tried it – afternoon of December 25 – and it works. But it has been buggy.

      And thank you for your kind words. Doesn’t matter how many sales it is – I really appreciate the vote of confidence.

      Posted by roblevine1 | December 25, 2011, 6:03 pm

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What people are saying

"A wonderfully clear-eyed account of this colossal struggle over the future of our cultural lives."
—Bill Keller, New York Times

"A book that should change the debate about the future of culture."
—New York Times Book Review

“A timely and impressive book.”

A “smart, caustic tour of the modern culture industry.”


Buy My Book


Hodges Figgis bookstore
6:30pm, January 24
Dublin, Ireland

Digital Biscuit conference
11:15am, January 25
With Bill Whelan
Dublin, Ireland

Institute of International and European Affairs
1pm, January 25
Dublin, Ireland


Keynote speech,
OnCopyright 2012

Keynote speech,
Canadian Music Week

Keynote speech,
Brussels Creators Conference

Television interview,
"The Agenda with Steve Paikin"

Keynote interview,
World Copyright Summit

Speech on journalism,
USC's Annenberg School

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