[opendtv] Re: Opinion: Mass-Media Meltdown

  • From: Tom Barry <trbarry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Fri, 13 May 2005 20:51:13 -0400

Manfredi, Albert E wrote:


 > The high prices for movie attendance don't help either. Of
 > course, prices can only go up if attendance goes down. So
 > it becomes a vicious cycle. If theater managers would wake
 > up and discipline the more obnoxious members of the
 > audience, that might help.

I have been abandoning theaters for all those reasons but also 
because modern technology seems to have allowed them to make some 
sort of much more poisonous seeming (and expensive) butter 
popcorn.  But maybe it is just age, or me.

- Tom

>>Via Shoptalk
>>
>>Mass-Media Meltdown
>>John Podhoretz
>>NEW YORK POST
> 
> 
> Interesting the way he tied together all the media outlets.
> 
> Being almost-weekly moviegoers, we did notice the drop at
> the movies. It's obvious, at least in non-stadium theaters.
> I think that availability of better TVs in homes is one
> reason, but there's another that isn't mentioned: idiotic,
> ill mannered movie goers. People who feel it's okay to make
> loud comments throughout a movie, or to answer calls on
> their cell phones. Somehow, movie attendance etiquette
> seems to have been forgotten.
> 
> The high prices for movie attendance don't help either. Of
> course, prices can only go up if attendance goes down. So
> it becomes a vicious cycle. If theater managers would wake
> up and discipline the more obnoxious members of the
> audience, that might help.
> 
> 
>>Meanwhile, radio executives who program music stations -
>>and who have been packing every hour with increasing
>>numbers of commercials - are being forced by their
>>impatient audiences to limit the number of ads and play
>>more music.
> 
> 
> Wow. Isn't that surprising. This is what I've called the
> Laffer Curve of advertising. After a certain point, more
> ads will reduce revenue rather than increase it. One
> wonders why this isn't obvious to the experts who establish
> the ad placement policy.
> 
> 
>>TiVo and digital video recorders have finally made it
>>easy for people to watch the TV programs they want to
>>watch whenever they want to watch them.
> 
> 
> This is a non-sequitur. Obviously, what TiVo is time
> shifting *is* broadcast TV (either OTA or otherwise).
> Perhaps the only problem here is in how viewership is
> measured, then, and not as much that viewership is
> dropping.
> 
> Bert
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