“I suspect that if politics on television were to magically disappear tomorrow, we’d all be better off.
And if more Americans started getting their political fix from cable news we’d certainly be worse off. Let me put it to you this way. You’re talking to a recent immigrant at jury duty. He is telling you how determined he is to be a good citizen and civic role model for his kid. a) “So I’ve been trying to read Tocqueville in the evenings after work.” b) “So I try to attend an occasional City Council meeting.” c) “So I’ve been volunteering as a precinct captain during elections.” d) “So I keep up with the Supreme Court by reading the most significant opinions each session. e) “So I keep up with what Congress is doing by reading The New York Times.” f) “So I read the blogs of a few political scientists each day.” e)[sic] “So I watch Keith Olbermann every night.”
“In each of the past two years, the rate of increase in digital [music] revenue has approximately halved. If that trend continues, digital sales could top out at less than $5 billion this year, about a third of the overall music market but many billions of dollars short of the amount needed to replace long-gone sales of compact discs”—Music Industry Braces for the Unthinkable - NYTimes.com
It SEZ: “The long way down for the recording industry has hit another nadir. Just this week, Taylor Swift’s Speak Now landed atop the album charts in the US, hardly a surprise for this artist. But what’s surprising is that the accomplishment happened on sales of just 52,000, according to Nielsen Soundscan. That is the worst sales amount for a top-ranked album since Soundscan started tracking album sales in 1991.”
“Palin failed to appreciate the question being posed to her. That question was not: “Are you culpable for the shooting?” The question was: “Having put this unfortunate image on the record, can you respond to the shooting in a way that demonstrates your larger humanity? And possibly also your potential to serve as leader of the entire nation?”—What Palin Needed to Say After Giffords’ Shooting | FrumForum