Thursday, October 28, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

What is happening to NPR could have happened to FOXNEWS with Sherrod case

NPR is getting a lot of flack after they fired Juan Williams for saying what they thought was a bigoted statement about Muslims. They're feeling a lot of heat right now, especially after the story became nationalized today when Sarah Palin, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich spoke out in defense of Williams and criticized NPR for Political Correctness lunacy. Now there's a call from conservatives to defund NPR.

FOXNEWS could have been in the same situation as NPR with the Sherrod case. They were lucky. They were the real target, not Andrew.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

How Film Piracy killed the Philippine Movie Industry

Critic Noel Vera suggested that the pirates should only sell Hollywood films on DVD and spare local movies:

Piracy is a serious issue, sure, but one disease at a time (or all at once, but someone better be getting paid here).

That said, there's an easy if dicey way out of that, something that General Petraeus implemented so successfully in Iraq: contact the pirates, negotiate with them to pirate only Hollywood movies and not local fare.

Alternatively, license them to do the distribution and production. They seem to do a pretty good job, speedwise (they just need quality control).


Selective enforcement of rules won't work either, because local films (where tickets cost P130 and up nowadays) cannot compete with easily available pirated DVD movies from Hollywood--pristine copies obtainable for as low as P10-15.

That's why nobody goes to the movies anymore. Watching pirated dvds is the cheapest form of entertainment nowadays.