Peter Kafka

Recent Posts by Peter Kafka

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll, Minus the Sex and Drugs, Plus a Big Helping of Data

You don’t often read essays about the music business–written by somebody employed by a major label, no less–that include sentences like this: “With our business, the fan experience starts becoming that which contextualizes what was known prior as an artifact.” But there’s plenty more in this post by Ethan Kaplan, who now runs the “emerging technology” unit for Warner Music Group’s sales and marketing arm. Read on for big thinky thoughts about big data and big music.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik