U2 and the revenge of "old media"

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Have you noticed U2's gutsy distribution strategy for the newly released No Line on the Horizon? I don't mean the predictable release of the album on MySpace prior to its March 3 launch in stores -- but rather the heavy reliance on an allegedly dead medium, the compact disc.  At ...

Reforming Black Friday

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Shortly after I wrote a blog post about the social nature of Black Friday, I learned about the unfortunate incident at a New York Wal-Mart, when a temporary store employee, Jdimytai Damour, was trampled to death by a stampede of Black Friday shoppers. In the aftermath of this tragedy, ...

Yep. This is Wal-Mart.

Friday, August 29th, 2008

In Springfield, Illinois, not far from where Barack Obama introduced Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate, stands an attractive, custard-colored building adorned with red brick walkways, fountains, and two colonnades with quotations from Abraham Lincoln tastefully carved into them. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library? Nope. I'm talking ...

Long road out of Wal-Mart

Friday, November 2nd, 2007

While the blogosphere was doting on Radiohead's digital release of In Rainbows, the Eagles were making their own attempt to sidestep the recording industry with the release of Long Road out of Eden. But I'm not so sure I get the Eagles' approach. For its first studio recording ...