Today we have music, China, head counts, terrorism, and telemarketers.
Music · I’ve had Ian Rogers’ Convenience Wins, Hubris Loses and Content vs. Context, a Presentation for Some Music Industry Friends open in a browser tab for weeks, looking for a chance to use this quote as evidence of enlightenment:
I’m here to tell you today that I for one am no longer going to fall into this trap. If the licensing labels offer their content to Yahoo! put more barriers in front of the users, I’m not interested. Do what you feel you need to do for your business, I’ll be polite, say thank you, and decline to sign. I won’t let Yahoo! invest any more money in consumer inconvenience. I will tell Yahoo! to give the money they were going to give me to build awesome media applications to Yahoo! Mail or Answers or some other deserving endeavor. I personally don’t have any more time to give and can’t bear to see any more money spent on pathetic attempts for control instead of building consumer value. Life’s too short. I want to delight consumers, not bum them out.
The whole article deserves a careful end-to-end read.
China and the News · Check out this piece of remarkable insider reporting about another kind of “information management”.
Head Counts · I got here through a chain of blogs that I’ve lost, but the last step was John Rogers’ Farm Fetish, which says a bunch of smart things but reveals that in the United States of America, there are more World of Warcraft players than there are working farmers.
Shocked, Angry, and Confused · The Onion is uneven enough that I don’t read it all the time, but when they’re good, they’re very good: Conceptual Terrorists Encase Sears Tower In Jell-O.
What, you think terrorism isn’t a joke? Neither does William Gibson, who explains why Osama’s winning and says a bunch of other thoughtful things.
Kevin Wins One Against the Bad Guys · Kevin Chu, that is: I Win the Telemarketer Standoff.