In our quest to understand audiences and their behaviours fully, we have come across a lot of research about social media and how people are using it. However, there didn’t really seem to be anything substantial about how consumers are using social media for TV-related purposes. With this study we want to shed some light on this activity.
It struck me that perhaps a lot of the people you see walking about are dead. We say that a man’s dead when his heart stops and not before. It seems a bit arbitrary. After all, parts of your body don’t stop working - hair goes on growing for years, for instance. Perhaps a man really dies when his brain stops, when he loses the power to take in a new idea. Old Porteous is like that. Wonderfully learned, wonderfully good taste - but he’s not capable of change. Just says the same things and think the same thoughts over and over again. There are a lot of people like that. Dead minds, stopped inside. Just keep moving backwards and forwards on the same little track, getting fainter all the time, like ghosts.
Arcade Fire (a personal favourite) is releasing a new album and very cleverly if you pre-order it on their website you have priority over tickets for their upcoming world tour. Clever way to beat piracy and make the best of digital distribution (other bands & labels should think of that too, instead of whining). Knowing how good they are live and how difficult it is to get tickets I’m going to pre-order it - no brainer. Or, actually… do I buy the album and the related priority to see them live (live performances is where I spend 90% of my music-related money) or do I wait for the album to be available on Spotify, which I’m already paying for?
I know these are far from being ‘problems’ and I also know that I’d rater pay another tenner for a better chance to see a band I love live, so there isn’t much dilemma after all!
The propagandist is the man who canalises an already existing stream. In a land where there is no water, he digs in vain
Valerie from Manchester, bless her. I don’t like tho / cuz / cant / its and the whole lot but I see the point, they are shorter and therefore quicker to write on a keypad. But Valerie here (I don’t know her, this image is taken from the comments section of a blog post) uses *are* instead of *our* and *there* instead of *their*… same number of letters love, this is pure ignorance of some of the most basic words of her native language. It made my day to read this, because I find it catastrophic, but it’s also really scary. Maybe my generation didn’t do a good job at keeping local dialects alive (and I’m speaking as an Italian), but the newer generations are killing English! And to be fair it’s not just youngsters being utterly ignorant at spelling the simplest words, as junk culture affects a much wider chunk of the population.
Oh, and let’s not consider that use of 3 exclamation marks, of which 2 are wrong. But at least she got *men* right…
And to put this splendid comment in context, it was left on this blog post: http://style.uk.msn.com/socialvoices/girls-please-put-your-bum-cheeks-away Post which destroys all my credibility :)