Things I Enjoyed Reading Today

Chris’s Invincible Super-Blog looks at the bizarre Life with Archie series, which was “dedicated to more serious adventure stories starring the Riverdale gang that were every bit as over-the-top with danger and melodrama as the other Archie books were with slapstick humor.” Chris looks in detail at one where Betty and Veronica are almost burned alive and another with a hostage situation. Great reading that left me shaking my head in disbelief.

Oh, Omar… you’re now illegal. covers a little-known part of a new law that prohibits “posting annoying Web messages or sending annoying e-mail messages without disclosing your true identity…. Criminal penalties include stiff fines and two years in prison.” The use of the word “annoy” concerns the columnist, who points out that a female victim of sexual harassment might want to blog about it anonymously, which would certainly annoy her harasser. Ouch!

Update: It appears the author of that article jumped to conclusions, so anonymous annoyance is safe once again.

This one’s not comic-related, but it’s too interesting to pass up: Slate predicts doom for Blockbuster Video, analyzing key turning points in their history when they made the wrong (in hindsight) decisions. Instead of extending their VHS deal to DVD, they didn’t preserve a window between release for rental and release for purchase, so DVDs became cheaper to own than rent. Because of this, “Wal-Mart replaced Blockbuster as the studios’ single largest source of revenue.” Then, they didn’t buy Netflix relatively cheaply. The competition led to the elimination of late fees, their biggest source of profit. Now, they’ve got expensive rental payments on brick-and-mortar stores when their competition, between video-on-demand and Netflix, has moved online.

One Response to “Things I Enjoyed Reading Today”

  1. Vincent J. Murphy Says:

    Too bad, Omar is pretty annoying.

    I’m quite glad that there’s no rental window with DVDs, too. Waiting over a year to get certain VHS tapes was pretty crappy.

    On th other hand, while DVDs are reasonably priced, CDs really need a price adjustment. There’s something wrong when I can buy the entire Serenity movie for less than the price of the soundtrack.




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