Two Tickets

Over the life of this blog, I haven’t posted much on the weekends—mostly because this blog is a relative rarity among blogs of this ilk in that I post something almost every weekday. So I needn’t worry too much about the weekends, but I’m dropping in today for a couple of reasons, or perhaps for no reason at all.

Reason #1: You may know that The Mrs. and I are University of Wisconsin football season-ticket holders. When we moved back to Wisconsin in 2000, I said that if I ever had the chance to get them I would, and when Camp Randall Stadium was renovated in 2004, I did. And today is the most-hyped gameday we’ve experienced in our seven seasons, with top-ranked Ohio State in town for a prime-time kickoff tonight, and ESPN doing its three-hour pregame show from the stadium this morning. We were downtown last night, and the general level of energy in the campus area, which is usually high on a Friday night and especially high on a football Friday night, seemed extra-high, and I expect the atmosphere in and around the stadium tonight to be especially electric. I’m on the radio from 10 to 3 today, and I’ll be updating Twitter now and then after that, if you care.

Local observers say no Badger home game has been bigger since the 1999 game in which running back Ron Dayne broke the all-time record for career yards gained, and sewed up both the Heisman Trophy for himself and a berth in the Rose Bowl for the team. Will the Badgers, currently ranked 18th, beat Ohio State tonight? Probably not. Such a thing is not what a longtime fan dares to expect, because Wisconsin almost never beats Ohio State. But sometimes things that aren’t supposed to happen really do happen.

Reason #2 for blogging on the weekend: The people at a website called ClickItTicket keep asking me to link to this graphic about the economics of the music industry, including the cost of piracy. There’s some interesting stuff included, and some that’s pretty shocking. (The list of the most-downloaded songs of all time should chill you to the bone, for it makes Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” seem like “Stairway to Heaven.”) I am not sure that the graphic makes the point it’s intended to make, however—that piracy is doing significant damage to the American economy in terms of money and jobs lost. What it shows most clearly to me is that the recording industry’s top-heavy business model may no longer be sustainable. And if the logical outcome of that business model is to proliferate tripe like “I Gotta Feeling” and “Viva La Vida,” we wouldn’t be losing much if it collapsed entirely.

Enjoy your weekend. Another installment of the Down in the Bottom series is already in the can for Monday. Let’s get outta here on a rather predictable bit of video from The Midnight Special:

3 responses

  1. Re: The music industry and business models. Since the 1990s, when record companies forced consumers to pay through the nose by refusing to release singles of songs people liked and instead buy full-length albums for $15-$20, I haven’t been able to develop much sympathy for them. One thing iTunes did manage to get right was to channel people’s desire for individual songs and drive the prices for full-length releases and individual tracks back down to a reasonable amount. As a result, I almost always purchase music rather than go looking for downloads (the only exceptions are songs that aren’t commercially available as digital tracks).

  2. the most shocking thing: Former NYC cop Mr. Money’s eyeshadow. Give me some of what the conga player’s on!

  3. WestBerkeleyFlats | Reply

    All of these graphics taught me that people are spending less money on recorded music (which is available for free on-line) and more on live music (which obviously isn’t). And why should anyone who isn’t a record label executive care exactly?

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