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Career Killers: “Cyberpunk” by Billy Idol

As we’ve seen, bad concept albums can kill careers and destroy their creators in the time it takes to throw a CD into the garbage, send it to China to be used for road paving or sell it to a used record store for half-pennies on the dollar.

In Billy Idol’s case, it did that and then some. But it also set the stage for an interesting critical re-evaluation. Was 1993’s Cyberpunk, a bloated concept album about machines, technology and consumerism that also happened to be one of the first major studio releases recorded mostly on the computer, packaged with a floppy disk containing bonus content and marketed via the internet actually ahead of its time?

Yes, it was. Without question.

Content wise, Idol’s musings about technology proved to be prescient, while his recording and marketing methods established a blueprint that almost every artist of the mid-to-late 90s and early 00s would copy and emulate, right down to the bonus floppy (although CD and DVD-ROMs predictably replaced the floppy as the technology became more ubiquitous and affordable).

But that doesn’t mean the album is good or deserved to be successful. And it’s certainly no surprise that it ruined Billy Idol’s career.

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Coverage of 2017 Avvo Lawyernomics Conference.

Here are the stories that came out of my live coverage of the 2017 Avvo Lawyernomics Conference (my fourth such conference – time flies!):

8th annual Lawyernomics conference will encourage attendees to bet on themselves.

Lawyers: Don’t be afraid to double down on data.

When should lawyers bet on themselves? Sometimes clients will give you the answer.

Podcast: What Lawyers Can Learn From Accountants

I really liked the intro the Legal Talk Network folks wrote for this podcast, so I’m just going to quote from it:

For a long time data had shown that law firms generally generated more revenue than accounting firms overall. However, that trend has shifted within the last eight years with accounting firms enjoying greater fiscal success. What changes did the accounting world make that allowed them to surpass legal market revenue? In this report from On The Road, host Victor Li talks with Intuit small business ecosystem evangelist David Leary about the impact that embracing technology, adopting the cloud, and business innovations can have on legal industry earnings.

Coverage of 2016 Avvo’s Lawyernomics Conference

At 7th annual Avvo Lawyernomics, the emphasis will be on “unmarketing.”

In spite of regulations, lawyers should be bold with their advertising efforts.

Do lawyers really suck? No, and potential clients’ antipathy can be overcome.

The “magnet” of expertise draws clients, generates fees.

Here’s a link to a Storify for all of my Live-Tweets during the conference.

Coverage of 2016 ABA Techshow

Last week, I covered ABA Techshow for the ABA Journal. Here are the stories that came out of it:

William Hubbard speaks about the importance of technology in expanding access to justice.

Embracing nontraditional ways to bill and budget can be profitable.

Can small firms thrive in a tough competitive environment?

Is online dispute resolution the wave of the future?

EFF’s Cindy Cohn calls for lawyer support in fight over mass surveillance.

Cybersecurity experts offer stern warnings, tips for security in mass-surveillance era.

State bar was the key to open profession to tech and collaboration.

’60 in 60′ highlights cybersecurity, workplace productivity and social media.

And thanks to Phil Brown for the great photo and Tweet. Love his photos!

Coverage of 2015 ABA Annual Meeting

Another ABA Annual Meeting is in the books. I only covered a few events this year (a far cry from last year). Here are the stories that came out of my coverage:

How can tensions between minorities and police be addressed? Reforms proposed.

Lawyers debate campaign financing, voter restrictions and other election issues.

Disruptive innovators try to convince skeptical attorneys of the need to collaborate.

What are the business costs of ignoring racial and gender diversity?

Meanwhile, the quote from the Tweet below caused quite a commotion.