I am curious as to who determines what content is shown on this site since it relaunched on 6/4/07. I'm not talking about the Forums and the occasional blatant commercials posted in here that could be deleted (and maybe soon are, for all I know). I would bet that Rhino, since getting the management contract in 2006, are the ones who determine content.
Certainly the promotional aspects of the site, whether it be merch. that is sold from the store or promoting whomever of the band members are touring, is being put forth by Rhino by their authority.
My concern has to do with how there is gentle but genuine marketing efforts being made, and probably planted posts in the forums, that drive people towards whatever is being marketed. I certainly felt there was a big push for last spring's tour, including directing free tickets for the NYC pre-shows to fans who give good reviews.
I think people need to be more aware in general of advertisers using "perception management" techniques to get people to believe certain things or act in a certain way and to consume whatever is being offered.
There is certainly a lot of freedom and differing opinions on this site. That is great. But we're used to taking commercials with a grain of salt. When we don't know we are being marketed to and believe we are hearing the opinions of our peers is when the line is crossed into covert techniques that are blatantly manipulative.
Caveat Emptor indeed. Beware all who enter this site. The point of it is not to let fans of the music interact. The point of it is for us to spend our money on the things contained herein.
I want to say hi to all and send out some good vibes to hopefully counteract the bad vibes I have put in this site complaining about the business structure, culture and practices of the store!
I started out listening to the GD growing up in Europe, saw them first in Miami 1989-end of Fall tour-WOW! Talk about baptism by fire!
The thing that struck me was the deep mellowness of the vibes. Not laid back and flaky, but serious, deep and real. Nostalgia means nothing and the reality of everyone together and apart was there in your face. They were onstage, open and honest no trickery. We were there with our baggage, together coming to an agreement with the band about what was going down around us. This is he hard part about growing up. Not living in some haze-dream but being awake and aware and finding relevance and synchronicity!!
Let's not give in to the status quo. Let's not give up what can be possible for what we already know! Let's not take the easy way out and avoid painful truth! Let's live consciously and strive to wake up from our collective day-dreaming! Go America!!
we have a perfectly good topic on the subject that's highly visible on the homepage. Sorry you couldn't find it.
wino or whiner??
yuk yuk yuk.
love and peace.
tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo hard to use.
Come on !!
Can I post a topic about this historical event....or must I blend it with all this other stuff..............
maybe there already is such a thing
enlighten me..........: ,)
in essence, the reason is that this site is for the Grateful Dead, which is a separate entity from subsequent bands the various bandmembers have been in. So while we certainly discuss all that (and, for example, offer downloads of last summer's tour of The Dead in the Store), you'll find the official scoop on Furthur at furthur.net, Ratdog at Ratdog.org, Phil's various groups at phillesh.net, etc. Hope this helps!
im only 21 and a huge huge fan i was wondering if there was a reason in the shows section there is no shows by the dead or other projects being that i was only 8 in '95 i didnt get a chance to see any of the grateful dead but id like to see some more of the other bands like ratdog the dead etc...
peace and love
ohhh... welcome to the site, too.
we had spent a few months on the beach in Thailand that year... without radio contact, no internet back then, no TV... back in the old Don Muang airport in Bangkok heading back to the world, I pick up a Bangkok Post, second page story, Garcia had passed. sigh.