An early contribution to the debate on Mediatization by the philosopher Alan Watts, from a speech in 1973, remixed for Youtube by Austin Bahls:

Original Text

As part of the feature “Fade in/Fade out – Remixing Culture”, I lately have been interviewed by Berlin Radio station “Kulturwelle“. The reason was an article I published together with Malte Pelleter in 2007, which dealt with aesthetic strategies of sampling in Hip Hop. I wish much fun with listening to the feature, which you may find directly here..

PS: I already gave a radio interview with Deutschlandfunk in last winter regarding my current research project on music and media. Since the original link to the interview audiofile at DLF does not work any more, I also document it here for  future reception.

were already promised some time ago and now I am happy to be able to fulfil it: From now on, on you will find various infos on research design, progress and first results of my actual research project which altogether may be subsumed under the question “How do the Germans listen to music nowadays?”.  At the moment, you will predominantly find the ‘quantitative’ results, but they will be complemented soon by results from the qualitative interview follow up study which is conducted right now. I wish you fun and new insights when studying the website’s content and I will be also happy to receive your feedback and critique.


The Problem is not new!

von Steffen Lepa

“We saw that the problem is not new. Since the beginning of social
research, students have tried to combine the value of detailed qualitative
applications with the advantages of more formalized techniques which
could be managed on a mass basis.
We saw, furthermore, that a line along which such an integration
could come about emerges. The Open Interview is indispensable at the beginning of
any study where it classifies the structure of a problem in all its details. It
is also invaluable at the end of a study for anyone who is not satisfied
with the mere recording of the low correlations we usually obtain. Good
research consists in weaving back and forth between Open Interviews and the more
cut-and-dried procedures.
The conversion of Open Interviews into sets of specific poll questions has shown
up a new skill in our field and one which has found much too little
The hope might be expressed that this paper will not be regarded
as an attempted judgment in the Open Interview controversy. It tries to show that
the problem consists of many different parts. For some problems the Open Interview
is indispensable; for others it is definitely wasteful. Often we do not
really know the right answer. In these last cases the prudent administrator
will do best to look for the combination of methods best adapted
to the specific research task on hand.”

Lazarsfeld, P. F. (1944). The Controversy Over Detailed Interviews—an Offer for Negotiation. Public Opinion Quarterly, 8(1), 38–60. doi:10.1086/265666



Some challenges

von Steffen Lepa

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Now also FAZ notices…

von Steffen Lepa

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