Digital Monopolies A Bigger Threat Than Piracy, Says Miramax CEO

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on piracy… what’s really interesting is that it’s not the biggest issue for the music industry,”  Lang explained that the change to digital music and the lower price tags that come with it shouldn’t be discounted. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos agreed on the effect of lower prices and said that “Walmart changed the music industry more than Napster.



At times entertaining, robot deer terminates poachers dreams.

it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are fined.

“Sgt Briggs said he’s seen it all, from bow hunters shooting multiple arrows at the inanimate robot deer, amazed that it’s not going down, to shooters with rifles repeatedly firing shots at the mechanical beast”


BBC: “80% of people are optimists, but don’t admit it”.

BBC News – Brain ‘rejects negative thoughts’

Interesting study. If that’s true, I can see how the researchers might then have ignored the fact that a study that only “rated 14 people” might be viewed by some as less than credible. Maybe the researchers brains were rejecting negative thoughts as well?

Owning a car increases one’s chance of marriage by 2.6%…

even this car?

Recent study published in the American Journal of Sociology finds that poor people without cars are less likely to get married. The study, according to Princeton’s Daniel Schneider, “helps shed light on recent changes in marriage patterns in the U.S.”

“Several studies have found that having a steady job and a good income are important factors in determining whether someone gets married. Because those with less education face disadvantages in the labor market, they might tend hold off marriage longer, thereby increasing gaps in marriage rates. But income only explains a part of these gaps, Schneider says…” (original article)

To CREATE, or not to be?: that is the question Press, Pause, Play asks…


Visual and musical appeal aside, Press, Pause, Play has done a great job redefining the blurry line between the consumers and creators within our cultural economy. The film does a lot to highlight many interesting aspects of our digital cultural but also reminds us that we need to stop and smell the flowers every now and then. Heaviest moments come as  marketing guru Seth Godin contemplates our culture slowly becoming a “grey goop” of humanity, where creation of consumable culture has gone from aiding real life human connections to completely supplanting them. Amazing visuals and discussions with Anthony Volodkin (Hype Machine) and Sean Parker will keep the film exciting for ADHD viewers like myself.

The Fox is back on the prowl: Italy’s new legal system prevails!

An Italian court has overturned the conviction of 24-year-old American Amanda Knox. Knox was found not guilty of killing her British roommate, 21-year-old Meredith Kercher, in 2007, and will be freed from jail. Knox collapsed in tears after the verdict overturning her 2009 conviction was read out.(from article in HuffPost)

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