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So I wrote a thing: http://musosguide.com/is-there-still-a-place-for-the-nme/7622
Have a read if you like.
1 - The NME has always been patronising, it used to be informative and a window on the music world, now it's out of date, out of touch and virtually irrelevant as an editorial entity.
2 - I'm pretty sure depthier isn't a word
3 - I wouldn't expect any large scale changes to the content, the staff is probably mostly the same and they've been shit for a while.
Why do you think it's "virtually irrelevant as an editorial entity"? Because of online ruling, or because of its demographic?
Sure the patronising thing happens with most music journalism. By its nature it's an "I'm right, here's what you should do" entity - and I fully acknowledge that.
Point 3 I disagree with you on. Have you read the Wild Beasts interview in the latest issue? It's a brilliant piece of writing.
Oh and boo to you by telling me that my made up words don't exist.
1 - The NME used to have some of the monopoly on what was focused on, and people genuinely looked to them for guidance on what to listen to or which band to go and see.
Now any monkey with an internet connection can write a review, within minutes of listening to an album, or seeing a gig. There's no quality control you see? The NME no longer has much of an influence on what people listen to, and therefore when it tries to, it comes off as partisan or patronising.
You can get away with this if you don't have any competition and your writing is of an acceptable standard, it might even come off as guidance. But when you start writing 250 words of negativity or personal attacks (both NME specialties) readers realise quickly that it isn't informed editorial. It's just the lucky few, playing music critic and being bad at it.
It's music news coverage and interviews must be one of the only things that keep it going. I rarely buy the NME (nor visit it's website) because it truly disappeared up the libertines backside has never returned.
I let you get away with cashola didn't I?
Have you read it recently? There's actually very little in the way of negative coverage/personal attacks, at least in this issue. I'm not sure if this is a one-off (I'm not a regular reader at all), or when the shift happened, but it has gone back to its information-based roots.
I don't think the patronising point is NME-specific still, see - it happens everywhere. It's a necessary part of pushing bands through waords, as I said above.
The features are the strongest point, for sure.
And what do you mean, you let me "get away with cashola"? If you mean it's not a word, try Googling it. If you meant it was never true, probably think a little harder...
Although editing's my job, attempting humour obviously isn't.
Anyway interesting stuff, thanks for the opinions etc.
If it wasn't so faddy, commericalised, badly written and terribly patronising!Read Stool pigeon instead!