Thursday, December 20th, 2007

F the CC :: Part 3,765

Belatedly, John Nichols on the FCC’s latest Monopoly move. I was listening to the lobbyist for newspaper owners the other day and rolled on the floor for a few minutes laughing at the way dude invoked localism as a reason they needed to be able to buy up TV and radio stations. That was a new one.

In any case, Congress has the last word. That means you can still make a difference. Sign a letter here.

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Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Roboprof :: 20 Seconds To Comply

Follow up :: Roboprof explains himself in the The Washington Post!

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Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Tonight In The Bay!

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Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

How For Do Business Like One Local

This one’s for all the kotonks, kachinks, haoles, and all my Pilipino cousins who wish they were from Hawai’i. Courtesy, Hawaii Business Magazine and Tanimitsu Mitsuyoshi Yoshimura and Associates.

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Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

BREAKING NEWS :: Robot In Iowa Heckles Bill Clinton Over Sister Souljah

During school hours, he’s a mild-mannered University of Iowa professor. But during the primary season, when he’s not grading papers he’s a Robot Seeking Truth and Racial Justice.

He’s Kembrew McLeod, and he’s in today’s Des Moines Register. (Here’s his manifesto.)

BTW: absolutely no truth to the rumors that the protest was organized by Cylons For Edwards.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2007

Rap Sales And Globalization :: Hip-Hop Verses The World?

When I was doing work on my piece for Foreign Policy–and for those of you in China still hoping to get at this, please hang on, I’m working on it–these past several months, I kept on trying to work one intriguing storyline that I could not quite pull together fully for the piece: the idea that U.S. rap is in decline because it hasn’t globalized as fast as other genres.

Now I realize that this is completely counterintuitive to the argument of the piece (nor does it explain country music’s continued rise, among other trends) and this is why I left that particular storyline hanging. But some of the buzz I was getting from industry sources was intriguing.

Here are two things that came up…:

+ One top-selling label finds its overseas sales now outstrips its domestic sales but hasn’t been able yet to capitalize on it fast enough because of its U.S. focus and its rap-dominated roster.

+ U.S. rappers are now more likely to guest-appear on overseas artists albums than they are to appear on those rappers’ albums. It’s not because of North American arrogance, but because those rap artists desperately need to build demand overseas.

Trust that there’s a lot more where that came from, and I might develop it into a future piece.

In any case, the excellent music industry reporter Jeff Leeds has a great story in today’s NY Times on Martin Kierszenbaum, an Interscope music exec who is charged with bringing U.S. music to the world (and to a lesser extent these days, to bring the world’s music–forget that antiquated term “world music”–to the U.S.).

It’s a good read and perhaps another reason that the music industry is fast becoming the Mike Gravel of the global media/entertainment complex.

OK, that’s not fair. Most of what Gravel says and does makes sense.

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Sunday, December 2nd, 2007


Best fan sign all night!

Honestly for me, the crowd shots were just as great as the game the Warriors played. If you want a taste of the vibe, check Stephen Tsai’s blog.

Next stop: New Orleans to turn out the Bulldogs on Sashimi Day.

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