in Salon: Don’t steal music, pretty please. Boutin suggests that current record company tactics should, and will, change to adapt to the new environment in a way that satisfies consumers. I’m not as optimistic, though I share his analysis of how they could make this whole MP3 thing work for them.
Archives for December 2001
! AdCritic is offline. Boo hoo.
Actually, I don’t know enough about the case to make that statement personally, though people I trust tell me that he should be freed. In any case, the latest news is that the death sentence of Abu-Jamal has been thrown out. At the very least, it looks like he won’t be killed under the cloud of uncertainty that has accompanied a seemingly over-dogged reliance on the strict letter of judicial procedure.
is providing good coverage of a recent hoo-haw in the newsrooms of Canada. It seems that the new owners of the Southam family of newspapers, the Asper family, has mandated that several editorials a week will appear in each of a dozen papers – editorials written at head office. More disturbingly, the local editors have been spiking editorials or columns that take a different position. Must we now grudgingly admit that at least Tubby Black had a marginal respect for “the newspaper” as an institution?
: an excerpt from Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow. Cory and I have never met, but I’ve virtually bumped into him online through at least 3 independent channels, and we have at least one friend in common in the flesh. And of course he blogs at Boing Boing, arguably the ne plus ultra among weblogs.