Some Sunday morning reading and listening to share.
As we get closer to the release of the film, The Da Vinci Code, protests are heating up. The Vatican is jumping on the boycott bandwagon. Two points. If you fear something so much that you are afraid it will shake some folks' faith that you want to ban, boycott, or kill the creators, perhaps you need to reexamine the foundations behind that fear and that faith. Don't these folks realize they are just helping send more folks to the box office with all the sturm and drang they are creating? Maybe they've got a stake in the film somewhere and there is something to that conspiracy stuff. Ok, that's three points.
Microsoft and The New York Times have teamed up to create a new reader for The New York Times and other publications that will be included in the Vista operating system. Lots of commentary on this being a good thing for the consumer and the troubled print publishing industry. I think that is accurate on both counts. There's also commentary that this is not such a good move or not that innovative an evolution given other delivery methods out there. Those issues revolve around who will control content delivery and the advertising. Again, I think there is some accuracy there. Fighting the last war?
Are we having a flashback to 1968? We've got protests in the street (in this country and others) over the war, labor issues, and of course the immigration debacle. We've got funky, long bearded bad guys who keep getting referred to as living in the stone age. Neil Young is releasing a protest album. You can stream the album here prior to its release. Heck, I even heard that Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young are going on tour this summer. Why do I have a sinking feeling in my gut that instead of protesting students being shot on college campuses we are going to see some shooting at an immigration protest?
Speaking of the immigration issue, there was a big hullabaloo over singing the National Anthem in Spanish this week, with the President (between comedy stints) saying that he believes it should be sung in English. Why is this an issue when 60% of the country that speaks English can't even sing all the words correctly?