The genius marketing minds at RIAA plan the fight back to lure consumers back from the evils of filesharing. And what did they come up with? From here:
”In addition to tips to avoid being duped by counterfeit product, the music industry is offering exciting legal products to satisfy music lovers’ appetites for innovative content this holiday season and steer shoppers away from cheap, illegal products. Just a few examples of popular offerings currently in select stores include:
- USB card wrist bracelet with the new Matchbox Twenty album “Exile on Mainstream” - K.T. Tunstall iTunes Digital Album card for “Drastic Fantastic” available at Starbucks - Taylor Swift’s “Sounds of the Season” Special Holiday Album (custom for Target) - U2’s “The Joshua Tree” in four configurations, including a 2 CD-set bound booklet deluxe edition and a super deluxe edition in a case bound book and 5 portfolio prints (2 CD/DVD set) - “Into the Wild” Soundtrack iTunes Digital Album card available at Starbucks - Linkin Park’s “Minutes to Midnight” Music Video Interactive (MVI) DVD + Bonus CD featuring superior sound quality, a wide range of video features, and interactive digital content - Special festive cell phone ringtones like Maria Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas” - Norah Jones iTunes Digital Album card for her latest release “Not Too Late” available at Safeway”
You at the back - sniggering. Stop it. It’s not big and it’s not clever. Go sit in the corner and listen to the festive Mariah Carey ringtone on repeat!
“Holidays are in no sense an alternative to the congestion and bustle of cities and work. Quite the contrary. People look to escape into an intensification of the conditions of ordinary life, into a deliberate aggravation of those conditions: further from nature, nearer to artifice, to abstraction, to total pollution, to well above average levels of stress, pressure, concentration and monotony — this is the ideal of popular entertainment. No one is interested in overcoming alienation; the point is to plunge into it to the point of ecstasy. That is what holidays are for.”—Jean Baudrillard
”Former prime minister Tony Blair has left the Anglican Church to become a Roman Catholic. His wife and children are already Catholic and there had been speculation he would convert after leaving office.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Conner, who led the service to welcome Mr Blair, said he was “very glad” to do so. Last year, Mr Blair, who is now a Middle East peace envoy, said he had prayed to God when deciding whether or not to send UK troops into Iraq.”
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s just that I glimpsed something beautiful in a flashbulb moment once, and perhaps mistaking it for prophecy have been seeking its fulfillment ever since”—Lester Bangs