The reality of the music business being a business is something that people, for reasons that are not entirely clear, like to avoid thinking about. To be sure, there is resistance to the record companies that have been manifest by the various forms of file-swapping, resistance that has led to a Borg-like response: Napster was … Continue reading Libidinous Economics & The Lack of Network Effects
Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium is a 6,000+ capacity facility, but you wouldn’t know it from watching the 2003 MTV Movie Awards, held May 31st but only aired by the network last night. The event took place in a vacuum, seeming only to exist inside a right triangle stretching from the top of its elaborate superhero … Continue reading The 2003 MTV Movie Awards
Nelly’s “Hot In Herre” was the jam in 2002. But where was the payoff? Even with its delightfully crass XXX shout-out, the track ultimately failed: No one actually followed Nelly’s advice and disrobed. 2002 was another year in which the gates of the standards of decency were tested and strained by battering rams like Nelly … Continue reading t.A.T.u. & 2003: The Year That Junk Broke?