Monthly Archives: October 2010

Attention and Information

There is no more information than there ever was, there’s just more surplus attention

Midrange, compression and the history of technology

If you do any music production, even at the tyro level like me, you realize that there’s a characteristic “sound” to most pop music: mid scooped and compressed. It’s a very odd sound, highly un-natural, and it’s completely ubiquitous. But it was  not the characteristic sound of other eras. In the 20s, music sounded the […]

Evidence and Scarcity

As digital technology expands, our whole relationship to presenting evidence will have to change. Other disciplines roll their eyes at historians for having  too many examples. A lit scholar might read a historical article and think “he had me at five: the forty five examples that followed  didn’t accomplish a damn thing.” And even history […]

Movies and History

The death of Tony Curtis today reminds me of a movie we used to see all the time on TV as kids: The Black Shield of Falworth.  Curtis plays Miles, a young man of noble birth raised as a commoner, becomes a knight etc etc. It’s famous for Curtis in tights pronouncing his lines in […]