Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Poor musicians having to deal with record companies. Just look at these statistics! The record company does under 5% of the work but this image shows they get a way bigger portion of the money than that.
I say go Indie! For those of you who don't know what that is, this is Wikipedia's explanation of it:
"Internet technology allows artists to introduce their music to a potentially enormous audience at low cost without necessarily affiliating with a major recording label. The design of digital music software encourages the discovery of new music. Sites with larger libraries of songs are the most successful. This, in turn, creates many opportunities for independent bands. Royalties from digital services could prove to be an important source of income. If an artist has already paid to record, manufacture, and promote their album, there is little to no additional cost for independent artists to distribute their music online. Digital services offer the opportunity of exposure to new fans and the possibility of increased sales through online retailers. Artists can also release music more frequently and quickly if it is made available online. Additionally, artists have the option of releasing limited edition, out-of-print, or live material that would be too costly to produce through traditional means. No limit is the largest independent record company in the US with sales over 75 million records."
Monday, August 30, 2010
To me, this budget just doesn't make sense. Having grown up in a country that hasn't been in a war for a hundred years and is in the progress of dismantling their entire military force, this kind of budget spent on warfare just confuses me. Is it justified or not? I say it isn't, not in any situation. No country should neglect their citizens just to create an illusion of intimidation, because that's all this budget does. It doesn't solve anything, it doesn't win any wars. It only starts domestic wars within the country, between rich and poor, between government and the people.
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Who is the fattest? Another picture here with info on consumption, which seems to be developing into a theme here, not sure why but I find it interesting and I hope you do as well.
The fact that the US consumes the most and some of the developing countries are behind by miles might not surprise anyone, but hopefully it will ignite a spark of thought somewhere, and then my job will be done for today! Now I'm off to bed, so have a good night everyone.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
This one I find very interesting. After viewing it, I always tend to drift off into philosophy and pondering the nature of our need to consume and more importantly, our need to always consume more and push down other competitors on the consumption market. Is this what Darwin had in mind, or is it our self-created nightmare loop?