How you can help me finish my dissertation!

So I’m currently writing my dissertation on the things that motivate the average music fan to directly support an independent artist that they love. I’ve been doing tons of research for the last 6 months and I’m in the last stretch towards the submission date, but I need you lovely people out there to help me seal the deal.

I’ve attached a link to a short questionnaire on how we interact with or favourite independent artists. If you could take a few minutes of your time and fill it out, I would be forever in your debt!

The questionnaire can be found here, and will literally only take a few minutes to fill out. Obviously, all of the data collected will be entirely anonymous, and I’ll be posting the results of my study on this site so that you can see my findings.

Thank you all in advance for your time!

Much love,
Jimmy

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The most expensive movie ticket ever?

From Film School Rejects:

Bryan King did something that, by my estimation, is unprecedented in the world of movie fandom. He paid $1,000 for tickets to see Kevin Smith show off his latest effort Red State at Sundance for the first time. The opportunity came when the director decided to auction off two of his personal tickets to Sunday night’s world premiere. When all was said and done, King was in for a cool grand, earning him tickets and a ride on Smith’s tour bus post-screening. In a classy move, Smith donated the money to support the Sundance Institute Labs, which provides a learning environment for future filmmakers.

Lets see. A fan paying through the nose for a once in a lifetime experience with their favourite artist.

Consider this a potent reference for the dissertation…

Objectivity, we hardly knew ye…

I read a great blog on the New Statesman website a few moments ago by the tremendous Laurie Penny, and I felt I had to share a few thoughts. Please keep in mind that these thoughts don’t really have very much to do with the subject of the article, but more about the idea of journalistic objectivity. This is an idea which has been bugging me for months now, brought on by the oncoming storm that is my honours dissertation. Continue reading

To Academia, but not about her…

We’ve just had the least festive christmas season I can remember.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m grateful for having had some time to kick back and hang out with the family. But with the weather having essentially brought most of the country to a standstill for a few weeks, Christmas just became another thing on the to-do list this year.

Kinda like my dissertation. Continue reading