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Return to the Media Narrative blog to read new essays and learn about notable work of writers, makers, media creators and others. In 2021, new posts will appear on a daily or near-daily basis on a range of subjects.

updated: 3 months ago

notes : On Work : January 4, 2021

Contemplating work and purpose on the first Monday of the new year.

notes : Hasten Slowly : January 3, 2021

Musing on the wise words of Milarepa and Joseph Goldstein.

notes : New Year, New Radio : January 2, 2021

Your podcast host also hosts a radio show. If you tune in on Saturday afternoons, you'll hear musicians talk about the tunes that inspire them.

notes : Finding a Voice at Podcast Movement 2018 : August 3, 2018

Before the Podcast Movement 2018, friends, family, and other listeners had urged me to put more of myself into my podcast. Inspired by the Philadelphia conference, that's exactly what I did. Read my tale and the conference summary in this post.

notes : Five Brain-Activating Podcasts : July 13, 2018

Few undergraduate students at Berklee College of Music, where I teach, say they listen to podcasts. I am surprised to relearn this every time I bring it up in the classroom, but I shouldn’t be; Edison’s 2017 podcast consumer study indicates that only 7% of all monthly listeners are 17 years old or younger.

notes : Be Brave and Voice Your Opinion : July 12, 2018

Think you go to a lot of concerts? You don’t. Steve Morse did. When Morse was senior pop critic for the Boston Globe beginning in the 1970s, he went to about 250 concerts per year for 30 years. As a journalist—and fan—Morse witnessed some of rock history’s most transcendent moments...

notes : Thriving in a Media Maelstrom : July 11, 2018

There's both truth and overstatement in Marshall McLuhan's famous "the medium is the message." Clearly, the medium influences the message; witness Twitter, particularly in the hands of our 45th president. But McLuhan's thesis has always troubled me.