As much as I enjoy articles that poke at biz evils, it’s also important to talk about what can be done to counter them. That’s why I recommend Timothy Karr’s Making Sense of Payola article from Free Press (reprinted in Alternet). Not only do we learn the history and particulars of this disgraceful practice, we also get some practical ideas about what all of us as music fans can do to help punish the scumbugs who indulge in payola, including supporting local acts and local independent stations as well as letting your member of Congress and the FCC know how you feel.
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