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Rupert Murdoch is a Fucking Idiot
08.06.2009
03:19 pm
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I read today’s report on the Financial Times website about Rupert Murdoch announcing that New Corps would start charging for the content on ALL of its news websites with some bemusement. The idea the Murdoch and his well-fed corporate cronies truly believe that the public is willing to pay money to read The News of the World or Fox News online and is willing to bet the farm (i.e. his current Internet ad sales income) on this “hunch”—for this inane plan clearly can’t be a result of focus groups—is mind-blowing in its delusional logic.

“We intend to charge for all our news websites,” Mr Murdoch said.

“If we’re successful, we’ll be followed by all media,” he added, predicting “significant revenues” from charging for differentiated news online.

He warned that “the big competition will be coming from the BBC,” which offers online news for free, but said: “Our policy is to win.”

Good luck! Charging the public for something they can easily get for free elsewhere—information is a very slippery commodity, and creating profits from it is like catching rainwater in your hands these days—is a very poorly thought out strategy, one that will result in LESS income and not more.

I’d bet my cock on it.

I could write out a long-winded essay about why this is a very, very bad idea with epic and humiliating failure written all over it, but I think I can sum it up succinctly enough here to allow Mr. Murdoch to shed several layers of the highly paid News Corps upper management who are feeding him this bullshit. Rupert, buddy, this is a gift from me to you, and you can have for free:

PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO PAY FOR STUFF ANYMORE. THERE IS TOO MUCH FREE SHIT COMPETING FOR THEIR ATTENTION ALREADY.  BESIDES THAT, NO ONE HAS ANY MONEY.

Put up a barrier to Page Six, and I’d not miss it for a millisecond. How about you? If I can’t get to the latest Amy Winehouse gossip on News of the World’s website for free, guess what? I can read that same shit for free on Perez Hilton, Gawker or TMZ.

And AS IF there is no abundance of right-wing fucktardery all over the Internet? Make Fox News.com a pay site? There’s always Free Republic, NewsMax or Michelle Malkin’s blog for that low IQ flavor of opinion.

Rupert, mate, you’ve making a big mistake. The hand you’re holding ain’t what it was a decade ago. Your overhead must be a bitch.

And if you’re thinking “Well, what’s your solution to the problem, Mister Smarty Pants?” Sorry to disappoint you, Rupie baby, but there ain’t one. Print is DEAD and no one will pay for your content online if you charge for it. I’d consider that a real dilemma as a business owner, if I was you. You know what I’m saying? Here’s some more free advice: Why not sell off your print properties—cash out now—and leave someone else holding the bag while there is still some value left to extract from them?

And if you want to know how I really feel…

Murdoch vows to charge for all online content

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.06.2009
03:19 pm
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Learn Jamaican Patois with “Dr. Seuss”
08.06.2009
08:27 am
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Teach yourself Jamaican Patois with children’s short stories!


Bubble Bear

Are You My Mother?

Whose Mouse Are You?


(via Arbroath)

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.06.2009
08:27 am
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Fully Functional Bioengineered Mouse Tooth
08.06.2009
12:47 am
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Pink Tentacle explains, “The bioengineered tooth, which was grown in place of a lost molar, has the same properties of the old tooth and is strong enough to allow the mouse to chew food normally.

To create the new tooth, the researchers ?

Posted by Tara McGinley
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08.06.2009
12:47 am
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Su Tissue, Superstar, Or…The Greatest Video Of All Time!
08.05.2009
06:10 pm
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Meet Su Tissue, n?ɬ

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.05.2009
06:10 pm
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The Yes Men Strike Back…Again!
08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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All hail the return of The Yes Men!  Their new movie, The Yes Men Fix The World, starts screening this Friday in the UK, and premieres in the US this month on HBO.  If you’re new to the corporate-punking hijinks of Mike and Andy, here’s a bit of what they do:

They have an unusual hobby: posing as top executives of corporations they hate.  Armed with nothing but thrift-store suits, the Yes Men lie their way into business conferences and parody their corporate targets in ever more extreme ways—basically doing everything that they can to wake up their audiences to the danger of letting greed run our world.

 
The Yes Men In Reuters

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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After 34 years, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme to be released
08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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This just in from CNN:

The president she once pointed a gun at has been dead for nearly three years, and her longtime idol and leader, Charles Manson, remains in prison.

However, Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme is about to get her first taste of real freedom in more than three decades.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Fromme, now 60, is set to be released on parole August 16.

Fromme is housed at the Federal Medical Center at Carswell, Texas.

After 34 years, Lynette ‘Squeaky’ Fromme to be released

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.05.2009
06:09 pm
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Martian Space Party: The Firesign Theatre
08.05.2009
05:08 pm
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I am happy to report that I will interviewing Phillip Proctor and Peter Bergman of the legendary Firesign Theatre in early September for Dangerous Minds. Very excited about this, but as if that wasn’t enough, I’ve just confirmed that I’ll also be interviewing the entire Firesign Theatre—yes, all four or five of the Crazy Guys—on October 11th, just days before their series of reunion shows in Los Angeles at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater.

I was looking for a video clip to post. There isn’t tons of Firesign Theatre visual material out there, they are mostly audio performers, of course, but there are a few things. I thought I might be able to find a clip or two from Martian Space Party and lo and behold, I found the entire thing on Google Video. Here’s what IMDB says about it:

A concert film/mockumentary posing as live news coverage from the 1972 National Surrealist Party Convention, interrupted by news flashes from Monster Island, where the president is denied entrance to the forbidden city, but does meet his nemesis, Glutomoto.

That’s not exactly right. It’s not a concert performance—although there is an audience—it’s a film of a live radio show from the Firesign’s Let’s Eat! radio series. I believe this was filmed at KPFK in Los Angeles and that it was the very last “live” radio show the FST did during their classic era. It was produced by tech journalist Steve Gillmor, of The Gillmor Gang.

Forward Into the Past: The Firesign Theatre live in Los Angeles (Buy Tickets Here)

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.05.2009
05:08 pm
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Photograph of Jesus
08.05.2009
04:47 pm
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Laurie Hill’s marvelous animated short about the odd customer requests at the Hulton Photo Archive.

Winner Animation Grand Jury Prize - SIFF 2009 Short Film Jury Awards.

[Oh, if you were really expecting a photograph of Jesus, click here]

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.05.2009
04:47 pm
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All In The Family With Jaime Diamond
08.05.2009
01:00 pm
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I’m fascinated by what’s often the fuzzy line between representation and reality, so I guess that explains my interest in photographer, Jaime Diamond, and her slyly subversive series, Constructed Portraits.  Diamond assembled groups of strangers in rented hotel rooms, and took their picture.  As she explains it:

It all began with my own family portrait.  Somehow the image it portrayed didn?

Posted by Bradley Novicoff
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08.05.2009
01:00 pm
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LOVE, SEX, FEAR, DEATH: The Process Church of the Final Judgment
08.05.2009
12:15 pm
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Our friends at Feral House and Process Media are co-hosting this event at The Silent Movie Theater in Los Angeles:

Was The Process Church truly “one of the most dangerous Satanic cults in America”? Or were they an intensely creative apocalyptic shadow side to the flower-powered ‘60s and New Age ‘70s? Scores of black-cloaked devotees swept the streets of New York, San Francisco, London, Paris, and other cities selling magazines with titles like “Sex”, “Fear”, “Love” and “Death”, and a theology proposing the reconciliation of Christ and Satan through love. Marianne Faithfull, George Clinton and Mick Jagger participated in Process publications and Funkadelic reproduced Process material in two of their albums. The inside story of this controversial group has at last emerged with Feral House’s LOVE, SEX, FEAR, DEATH by Timothy Wyllie and other former members. Feral House and Process Books present a re-creation of an actual Process Church ?

Posted by Richard Metzger
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08.05.2009
12:15 pm
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