Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Saturday, August 19, 2021

It passed me by in 2005, but I remembered this year: Today’s the two-year anniversary for Population Statistic. It’s also my four-year anniversary in the blogging biz, stretching back to the BlogSpot days.

I do think I’ll stick with it. (Sorry, no drawn-out reflection this year; maybe next year.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/19/2006 04:15:42 PM
Category: Bloggin'
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sounds and words
It’s been a real long time since I last posted a random sampling of what’s come forth from my iPod. Since it’s been a lazy-hazy day that’s included a good bit of music-listening, I think I’ll share with the blogosphere today.

Also, in order to pay homage to the now-abandoned Guess That Song series, I’m going to include a snippet of lyrical whimsy from each tune. Enjoy.

1. “Rover Take Over”, Lords of Acid - I feel so alive, come take me from behind.

2. “Setting Sun”, Chemical Brothers - You said your body was young but your mind was very old.

3. “My Name is Prince”, Prince - When it comes to funk, I am a junkie.

4. “Roam”, B-52’s - Kick through continents, bustin’ boundaries.

5. “La Resistance (Medley)”, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut Sountrack - When Canada is dead and gone, there’ll be no more Celine Dion.

6. “Stars Are Blind (The Scumfrog’s Extreme Makeover)”, Paris Hilton - Show me/love/baby.

7. “Fight the Power”, Public Enemy - Most of my heroes don’t appear on no stamps.

8. “Shake Your Booty”, KC & The Sunshine Band - You’re the best in the world, I can tell.

9. “Nanny Nanny Boo Boo (Junior Senior Remix)”, Le Tigre - All you need to know is we love to see the crowd move.

10. “Psycho Killer”, The Talking Heads - I can’t sleep ’cause my bed’s on fire.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/19/2006 04:01:14 PM
Category: Pop Culture, iPod Random Tracks
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Impressed by the multimedia extras that go with The Christian Science Monitor’s “Hostage: The Jill Carroll Story”, Frank Barnako thinks all newspapers should sell podcasts, video documentaries and other enhancements to their special feature stories, seeing them as prime revenue-generating opportunities.

This approach strikes me as akin to PBS‘ repurposing of its programming into videos and books. The newspaper industry hasn’t benefited from non-profit status in the past, but its facing the same sort of funding/revenue shortfalls these days. So seeking out new revenue streams makes perfect sense.

Will people buy in? There’s a certain market for it, but I think it wouldn’t amount to more than a niche service. Advertising revenue, online and off, is still the big brass ring. Of course, such offerings wouldn’t preclude an advertising component.

Barnako should be approving of the New York Times’ decision to hire a Hollywood agency to broker its content for movie and television treatments, as it represents a potentially lucrative content repurposing for the newspaper.

The key here is to build on the great material, the great people and the great thinkers that come through the paper and to figure out ways to extend the brand intelligently and thoughtfully in the right areas and in the right circumstances,”[BWCS managing partner Chris] Silbermann said. If it makes sense to have the Times directly associated with a film or TV project, there could be credits such as “The New York Times presents” or “Based on stories in the New York Times,” Silbermann said.

Periodical content has made it to the screen before. Notable instances include the Saturday Night Fever-inspiring fake New York Magazine article and Candace Bushnell’s New York Observer columns, which morphed into “Sex and the City”. Dealing directly with the writer is straightforward, as established with book authors. Having the Times set itself up as the primary rights-holder is a bit of an unusual twist. I’d imagine this gives the paper a bigger share of the Hollywood money, while the writer has to settle for the exposure and a parlay into more multi-purposed work.

The concepts at play here are the positioning the publishers as the source hub for an expanding media universe. In one sense, it presents the originating print/text source as the entry-level bottom rung of the media ladder — i.e., those who toil there presumably aspire to move to the more lucrative levels. Which makes some sense, in that single-channel media properties can’t reasonably compete in today’s multi-channel world anyway.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/19/2006 03:40:59 PM
Category: Business, Movies, Publishing
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