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Saturday, August 11, 2021

I wonder if The American Society of Authors, Composers and Publishers still sends undercover agents into the nation’s titty bars:

In college I worked as a real, honest-to-goodness spy for ASCAP. My partner and I were basically paid to shut down strip clubs that weren’t paying their licensing fees. With hidden Dictaphones and a wad of singles, we’d spend a couple hours in a club, sometimes traveling across three state lines to get there, and notate every song that was played.

While I’m familiar with the role that music plays in gentlemen’s club entertainment — the girls have to have something to shake their moneymakers to — I question if the background noise is essential enough to risk legal action and penalties. You think the patrons are there to groove to the tunes? While the nudity-filled silence would be awkward at first, I imagine the auditory void would be more than compensated by the eyecandy.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/11/2021 05:54 PM
Category: Media
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The big front-page headline on yesterday’s New York Post (an image of which I’ve tried, in vain, to find):

D’OW!

Which referred, of course, to Thursday’s 387-point Dow Jones Index stock market meltdown.

And while everyone knows that the headline also alludes to the signature exclamation of one Homer J. Simpson, perhaps not everyone picked up on the subtler connection between “The Simpsons” and the Post. To wit: Each one is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Synergy? Had it happened prior to the movie, I’d have strongly suspected it. As it is, I’m looking forward to forthcoming Homeristic headlines to appear in the newly-acquired Wall Street Journal soon enough.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 08/11/2021 01:52 PM
Category: Business, Publishing, TV
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