Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.
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Have changes in the means of distributing and consuming music privatised what was once a collective experience?
Dan Hill, City of Sound, 2 January 2006
In an age when practically no one is outside the media loop, every life is understood as intrinsically a production-in-the-making whose idioms are shaped by a spectrum of 'documentary' practices
Paul Arthur, Cineaste, 2005
The discipline of musicology is pleasurable in terms of that which it disciplines; the unthinking enthusiasm of the amateur
Ian Biddle, Radical Musicology, 31 December 2005
For music teachers, is the qualitative nature of musical experience incompatible with the quantitative measurements of skill attainment?
John Finney, NAME Magazine, 31 December 2005
A classic account of how the changing medium has fundamentally altered the experience of listening to music
Evan Eisenberg, Yale University Press, 2005
Shirley Dent, spiked, 12 December 2005
Although valued increasingly for its personal or social benefits alone, can poetry really serve a pro-American agenda in Pakistan?
Philip Hensher, Independent, 6 December 2005
With its simultaneous love and distrust of language, poetry illuminates life for us
George Szirtes, The Guardian, 21 November 2005
Donald Winchester, spiked, 21 November 2005
While many video games probably should not be considered art, there are good reasons to think that some should be, and that the debates concerning the artistic status of chess and sports offer some insights into the status of video games
Aaron Smuts , Contemporary Aesthetics, 2 November 2005
Should physician-assisted dying be legalised?
"Nine out of ten these debates hit the right balance between heated argument and useful exchange between people who wouldn't usually be talking to each other. An extremely stimulating environment."
Tim Parks, novelist, essayist and translator