The Internet is evolving rapidly and compared to technological innovation of the 20th century months may feel like years when looking back. Thus it doesn’t matter whether Germany lags behind five years or just two.
Some commenters argue that it’s an issue of culture. I don’t agree. What’s true is that most German social networks which fail to provide APIs are still walled gardens. Likewise mashups seem to be alien concepts.
“Forget thinking you are going to make any real money from record sales. Make your record cheaply (but great) and GIVE IT AWAY. As an artist you want as many people as possible to hear your work. Word of mouth is the only true marketing that matters. To clarify: Parter with a TopSpin or similar or build your own website, but what you NEED to do is this - give your music away as high-quality DRM-free MP3s. Collect people’s email info in exchange (which means having the infrastructure to do so) and start building your database of potential customers. Then, offer a variety of premium packages for sale and make them limited editions / scarce goods. Base the price and amount available on what you think you can sell. Make the packages special - make them by hand, sign them, make them unique, make them something YOU would want to have as a fan. Make a premium download available that includes high-resolution versions (for sale at a reasonable price) and include the download as something immediately available with any physical purchase. Sell T-shirts. Sell buttons, posters… whatever.”—
“I am keen to break from the rigidity that binds me, including abandoning the dreaded textbooks that have, sadly, often served as my crutch. My students are able to use wonderful technology such as interactive whiteboards, the internet, mp3 players and mobile ‘phones. As am I. The problem is that I do not do so often enough. In my opinion, these devices can and should be used very frequently in the classroom, assuming that the boundaries are clear and the educational benefits are evident. I intend to move towards a more ICT-based way of teaching as a means to re-engage my students.”—
“Also, I am annoyed and angered by the implication that disruptive behaviour is often the result of bad teaching. This myth has been wrongly fuelled for far too long and needs to be quashed, not encouraged.”—