By Richard Menta 7/22/07
For the most part Blender's PowerGeek 25 list of the 25 most powerful and influential people in the web music business hits the big movers and shakers in the budding industry and it makes little sense to quibble about who is listed and who is missed. Steve Jobs clearly deserved the number one position and the inclusion of Eric Garland at BigChampagne, Bram Cohen and Ashwin Navin of BitTorrent, as well as the leaders of MySpace, YouTube and LimeWire are more than appropriate. Still, there was one inclusion that I thought was curious and deserved a mention and that is Fluxblog's Matthew Perpetua.
This is not to imply that I have a problem with Perpetua as a selection. Just the opposite, site's like Fluxblog offer a critical visibility many indie artists otherwise couldn't get. Frankly, I can also appreciate the fact that the little guy can be represented in a list that includes owners of billion dollar properties. But is Matthew Perpetua really more influential to the perceptions and attitudes of the digitally connected than Professor Michael Geist, Paul Resnikoff of Digital Music News, Thomas Mennecke and Drew Wilson of Slyck.com, Jon Newton of P2pnet.net, and Kurt Hanson's Radio and Internet Newsletter, not to mention the "Your Rights Online Section" of Slashdot, arguably the most influential destination of the digitally sophisticated?
Maybe. But most likely my slight issue with the list - a compilation no more subjective than MP3 Newswire's own annual digital media winners and losers list - is not who is included but who are left off.
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