Culture: July 2002 Archives

July 29, 2002

We put little value on learning languages and the British consequently are guilty of terrible cultural and linguistic arrogance.

From a tourism survey reported on the BBC, which I saw on Ted Barlow's site via Instapundit. The rest of the survey is quite interesting.

July 23, 2002

Road to Perdition


Jen and I just got back from seeing Road to Perdition. Both of us thought it was quite a good movie; we particularly liked the very cinematic gun battle in the rain.

July 3, 2002

Chicken Little… with power


From this article about the music industry preparing to sue individual fileswappers:

…many music executives, watching revenue sag as home compact-disc copying has soared, feel that they have little choice if they are to save their business. World-wide music sales dropped 5% last year…

:blink: Since when does a 5% drop in sales imply that the entire business is in danger? The music industry had record profits in 1999 and 2000, but when 2001 sales "slumped" 5% (a.k.a. returned to relatively normal levels) the whole business is suddenly in desperate danger? Excuse me? And here I thought that cycles of higher sales/profits and lower sales/profits were normal. It couldn't have anything to do with changing demand for the actual product, oh no.

Not that that's any surprise; the music industry has been crying that the sky is falling for years -- decades -- now. The wonder is that anyone still listens. And for the record, suing individual fileswappers is the worst idea I've ever heard.

July 2, 2002

Adam Duritz has a weblog. And it's actually an interesting read.

July 1, 2002

Why I like Moby