Month: August 2011

Of Music pirates and other things…

I spent a lot of time in my career working with the media industry, and it constantly amazes me in terms of what a strange business show business really is. Take the music industry, for example, since the MTV music awards were just last night: The music industry is, relatively speaking, a small industry. I mean, really tiny. Really, really tiny. The US music industry only generates around $9 Billion dollars annually. It may sound a lot, but to put that into context, almost any other industry that you can think of, from shrimp farming to scrap metals is...

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The root of all manipulation, part II

There’s a few articles in the press about the debt ceiling these days, have you noticed? Yes, of course, unless you’ve been in a log, you’ve heard about our bursting debt ceiling, our deficit, and all the associated goodness. It’s been a wonderful time for students of manipulation – there’s so much to report on that we’re thinking of hiring a manipulation intern. Apply within. There’s only so much we can keep up with. To give you an example, let’s talk a little about taxes. Hey, it’s August, it’s a slow month, and what else do you have to...

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