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Strategies for a discontinuous future.





Consulting & advisory, research notes, in the press, about bubblegen,
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Sunday, October 12, 2003
 


So I've been writing a paper for the idiotic music industry all day, and I've had the TV on for background noise.

Why is it that in London I get 5 channels, and there is usually something interesting on, but in the States I have 200 channels, and everything that's on is crap? I can't believe that there is such a market failure in American media today - and that no one is responding to it.

Instead, we've got Clear Channel ripping the guts out of the radio industry. Note to Clear Channel (and other media giants): You've got to replace them with something that people want - not the tripe that's currently on. Your regulated monopoly on consumer access isn't gonna last forever - as a matter of fact, I think you better look at the music industry right about now, so you can see what making your consumers hate you does when they get control of their own access again.

Other thoughts:

Ads in the States are EVEN WORSE than I remembered. That's saying a lot. What happened to David Ogilvy's 'the consumers is not a moron'? These ads boggle the mind with their stupidity.

What's with all the punditry? Why is everyone trying to always sound smarter and more 'official' than they really are? Where does this bizarre cultural norm come from?

E on MTV ?! This is the official death of cool for MTV. Everything they used to stand for was the opposite of E - Everything. Oh wait, that was before Viacom. Please, someone kill MTV - they're making it SO EASY...

God, the American media market is a seriously ripe target for total destruction and recreation.

-- umair // 12:51 AM //


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