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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Deal with it, commies

Lefties are deeply upset to discover that their labor is of so little value that they can be literally replaced for nothing:
#LAWeekly fired their staff in favor of unpaid “contributors.” If you are an aspiring writer, and you submit to them, you are insuring it becomes impossible to make a living in this field.
- Jennifer Wright‏

As with music, just because you love something so much that you'd do it for free, doesn't mean that you don't deserve to be paid for your hard work that makes other people money.
- Zack Stentz
See, the problem is supply and demand. The labor theory of value is false. There is no intrinsic value in one's labor that merits automatic compensation. In cases such as this, the value of the channel greatly exceeds the value of the indistinguishable content flowing through it.

We have firsthand experience of this. We have a perfectly functioning store that sells - or as is increasingly the case, sold - ebooks that are superior to the ebooks that Amazon sells. Unlike Amazon, we don't DRM the epubs sold there, whereas Amazon converts exactly the same epub into a proprietary format that can only be read on a Kindle device or application. The price is exactly the same.

And yet, we sell literally 100 times more books through Amazon because that is how people almost uniformly prefer to buy them. In fact, we have learned that we even do better giving Amazon exclusive distribution rights and permitting them to give books away to its KU subscribers and then compensate us for those who actually read them at about one-half the page rate that would be equivalent to a book sale than we do selling our books on our own store. More than three times better.

Of course, this preference for the dominant channel will sooner or later lead to the usual monopoly-related problems, which is why we will continue to maintain our digital storefront. But as long as the channel is more valuable than the content, content providers will be at risk by those willing to provide cheaper, or even free, substitutes. And the more that content is readily available, the less one is going to be compensated for it.

Steve Keen may have disproved the inescapability of the Law of Supply & Demand, but that doesn't mean it is never relevant, only that it may not always be applicable to a given situation. But in this particular case, there is clearly more demand for free labor than there is for expensive labor. The writers and musicians affected would be wise to contemplate why their work is so easily replaced by free substitutes; the irony is that the free music available today is often superior in quality to that for which one must pay up front.

Case in point: Erock's instrumental version of Let It Go is a joyful thing of beauty that surpasses Leo Moracchioli's very good metal cover, and both of them are far more interesting than the Disney-published version available in the stores. I don't know that I've ever seen a better combination of technical pyrotechnics with staying completely within the melodic framework of a song. Note to aspiring young guitarists: if you want to make an unforgettable impression on the girls in your town, learn to play this.

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99 Comments:

Blogger Kona Commuter December 05, 2017 5:05 AM  

Leftists must be completely retarded if they think that they can have their revolution without suffering losses. Heck, I'd contribute for free simply for the opportunity to help put a left wing journalist out of work

Blogger Lazarus December 05, 2017 5:28 AM  

From free movement of LABOR to movement of FREE labor.

Blogger Thucydides December 05, 2017 5:40 AM  

Certainly the people willing to contribute for free are still getting some sort of compensation, even if it is only their names in lights and the opportunity to be in front of a larger audience than they would otherwise be able to achieve on their own. The opportunity cost of free exposure now vs the chance of paid gigs later may be low enough they are willing to "pay" by working for free.

The problem is that the bulk of these writers and performers are near the centre of the bell curve, not at the right edge, so are not going to distinguish themselves enough to carve out a paying niche...(unless you're Tommy Wiseau or Ed Wood, your ability to make a living from the *left* side of the bell curve is pretty limited)

Anonymous ATMEGA December 05, 2017 5:42 AM  

Hang in there Castalia House, Amazon is not going to have a monopoly forever.This year is the first year I have bought nearly all my books NOT from Amazon. Bookdepository.com is at least 10% cheaper. Go to Amazon for the reviews, buy somewhere else.

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 5:42 AM  

> If you are an aspiring writer, and you submit to them, you are insuring it becomes impossible to make a living in this field.

Wait, if I send LAWeekly free stuff to publish, I can deny an leftist a job? Why didn't they say so sooner???

Blogger Roger Hill December 05, 2017 5:43 AM  

The duplicity of leftist is pathetic. I witnessed a debate in which the leftist argued on behalf of 'free' health care for all. His argument was little more than an emotional appeal - essentially moral indignation over the greed of the rich. When asked to define what he meant by greed, the lefty defined it "as always wanting more for less".

The guy wanted free health care!

Blogger Amy December 05, 2017 5:43 AM  

Wait, so “Free” is only good when it comes to healthcare and college tuition? Got it!

Blogger Lovekraft December 05, 2017 5:44 AM  

Somewhat related in how cuckservatives still try to remain relevant (and profitable). Dennis Prager 'analyzed' the altright, with Millenial Woes giving a balanced and superior response:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-V0V7ghdYo&t=525s

Blogger Matt December 05, 2017 5:54 AM  

WHY DID I EAT TACO BELL AT 11:30 PM??

Blogger wreckage December 05, 2017 5:56 AM  

There's another problem here too. Journalists have produced zero value add. They deliver literally nothing in the modern context.

Anonymous Rocklea December 05, 2017 5:57 AM  

"#LAWeekly fired their staff in favor of unpaid “contributors.” If you are an aspiring writer, and you submit to them, you are insuring it becomes impossible to make a living in this field.
- Jennifer Wright"

Well hey, if it's good enough for the crew of the Orville. I mean they're running a freaking spaceship FFS.

Blogger wreckage December 05, 2017 5:59 AM  

Incidentally, evocative new cover and title for Mr Wright's book.

Blogger Koanic December 05, 2017 6:01 AM  

There is little point in buying music when broadband + proxy + pianobar gets you unlimited AI-personalized channels with no commercials anywhere in the world. You can even record it if you want.

There is also not much point in buying books when one can pirate or public domain download the best ones already, more than a lifetime's worth. The channel's value is curation.

Anonymous Ages December 05, 2017 6:03 AM  

I’m not sure I would want a girl who is so into Frozen that she could be wooed by playing a guitar cover of that song... Let’s get together and sing Hail Columbia instead, baby!

Anonymous Looking Glass December 05, 2017 6:04 AM  

Vox always providing practical advice to young men. Forget "Smoke on the Water", be ready to whip out an unprompted rendition of the most popular song for girls in the last few decades. Even better if you can do it acoustic with half-decent vocal chops.

One can bemoan it if they want, but it's some epic-levels of instant social proof.

As to LA Weekly, apparently "free" is too high of a cost for the publication to value. That's a pretty good statement on the current state of written "news".

Side-point: Can we start to accept that Narrative, Written News is actually this weird place for writing that developed in the late 1700s and is simply coming to its end as more efficient means have been developed? Maybe something of value is being lost, but given in the regard that the practitioners of it hold the field, I don't think anyone will mourn the loss.

Blogger Phillip George December 05, 2017 6:07 AM  

sooner or later everyone pays the piper.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBNxbbix1qk
Picts before punks.

Blogger VD December 05, 2017 6:13 AM  

Let’s get together and sing Hail Columbia instead, baby!

Hopeless. Enjoy your solitary life. Do you seriously not understand that a significant theme in this post is the importance of not arguing with the market?

Forget "Smoke on the Water", be ready to whip out an unprompted rendition of the most popular song for girls in the last few decades.

It's always sad to see these accomplished young musicians who got into music in part to pick up girls completely blowing it by insisting on showing off by playing some stupid virtuoso thing that no female listener is ever going to like at all.

One of the first things we learned in Psykosonik was: give them something they can dance to. The fact that the two main music writers forgot that and went ambient was why Mike and I quit, and why the band soon lost its record deal after that. But at least the male music snobs thought better of the second CD, right?

That Erock version of Let It Go is a brilliant example of hitting on both musical cylinders simultaneously. The girls love it and the technical boys are in awe. It's interesting, because Erock usually errs on the side of too much technicality; his solo in Leo's Californication (the 6th one) being the case in point.

Blogger 1337kestrel December 05, 2017 6:22 AM  

Well, to reword what you said with an eventual point in mind, Castalia’s storefront isn’t as good as Anazon’s. Even if you improved it into a fantastic web site that easily let us buy any Castalia book securely in seconds using our choice of payment method / crypto currency, Amazon would still be better due to the selection.

But suppose there was some kind of pan-independent competitor to Amazon, more like a search engine that only skimmed a tiny bit of each sale. And every publisher that used it prominently linked to it as the primary way to buy their books.

It would be much more competitive than these mom & pop websites. (In this analogy Markku is mom)

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 6:24 AM  

> It's always sad to see these accomplished young musicians who got into music in part to pick up girls...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPaE0orK5gE

Anonymous Looking Glass December 05, 2017 6:31 AM  

@17 VD

If 50% of the reason a guy picks up the guitar isn't to pull girls, he's probably lying. Other guys respect incredible skill; girls want something to relate to, even if just bouncing around. Music is always about emotional conveyance, but it is an imprecise means. There's a reason most songs boil down to fairly simple emotions. Give your audience that and you'll still have one.

As for Erock, I think he needs to adopt a bit different of a hairstyle. It'd help his presentation. And I would agree with going too far into the technical brilliance at time. Van Halen's only #1 Top 100 hit was David Lee Roth jumping around like an idiot in "Jump". They sold a lot of records, but for all of the technical brilliance, "Jump" is their signature hit.

It's hard to complain about bands that "sell out", when giving people what they want is pretty much the business you're in when it comes to music. Actually, we're starting to see Bands pop up specifically for making Trailer & Commercial music. It's a living.

Anonymous Looking Glass December 05, 2017 6:34 AM  

@16 Phillip George

One thing YouTube has taught me is there is some band that plays a non-common instrument that can cover a song better than original. Which always amazes me.

Anonymous Aeoli Pera December 05, 2017 6:37 AM  

Journalism has always been a nation of immigrants.

Anonymous Dominicus December 05, 2017 6:37 AM  

Obvious answer: a cover of Money for Nothing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPGlqSURRww

Anonymous Aeoli Pera December 05, 2017 6:41 AM  

That Erock version of Let It Go is a brilliant example of hitting on both musical cylinders simultaneously. The girls love it and the technical boys are in awe.

Angel Vivaldi does this pretty consistently. He's in it for the boys though (gay).

Blogger Jake December 05, 2017 6:48 AM  

Stop competing with me reeeeeeeeeeee

Anonymous Whitebeard December 05, 2017 6:50 AM  

> Bookdepository.com

Is an Amazon company. Happened years ago.

If you want to buy books--new or old--it is difficult to avoid Amazon at this point.

Blogger Harambe December 05, 2017 6:55 AM  

THEY TERK OUR JERBS

Blogger Amy December 05, 2017 6:57 AM  

Harambe, it’s the only appropriate response!

Anonymous ZhukovG December 05, 2017 7:07 AM  

We live in a world where a man, in a single wide trailer in Alabama, can start a revolution on the other side of the planet.

President Vladimir Putin and Emperor Donald Trump seem to understand this and I think understand each other more than they can let on.

Ad Victoriam, Ave Imperator Trump!

Anonymous Icicle December 05, 2017 7:17 AM  

Steve Keen may have disproved the inescapability of the Law of Supply & Demand,

Most impressive.

Blogger Ransom Smith December 05, 2017 7:27 AM  

#LAWeekly fired their staff in favor of unpaid “contributors.” If you are an aspiring writer, and you submit to them, you are insuring it becomes impossible to make a living in this field.
- Jennifer Wright‏

All I noticed was that she doesn't know the difference between insuring and the proper ensuring

Blogger Joshua_D December 05, 2017 7:35 AM  

Vox,

You said, "But in this particular case, there is clearly more demand for free labor than there is for expensive labor." Shouldn't that be, But in this particular case, there is clearly more supply of free labor than there is demand for expensive labor? It seems that there would always be more demand for cheaper or free labor if available. Am I missing something?

Blogger VD December 05, 2017 7:41 AM  

Shouldn't that be, But in this particular case, there is clearly more supply of free labor than there is demand for expensive labor?

No.

Am I missing something?

Yes. There is more supply of free labor. But there is also more demand for it, and that is what I was pointing out. Contemplate how supply-demand curves work.

Blogger Akulkis December 05, 2017 7:42 AM  

Most radio stations work on this model for their weekend programming. Some show hosts even PAY the station to be able to host a show. WHY? They want exposure. Others are trying 5o get a good enough reputation to get a paid weekday slot.

Blogger Desdichado December 05, 2017 7:44 AM  

Is there an original link?

Blogger Akulkis December 05, 2017 7:48 AM  

@Matt

Do not ask for whom the Taco Bell tolls; the Taco Bell tolls for thee.

Should have gone to Del Taco.

Blogger Akulkis December 05, 2017 7:50 AM  

Journalists are not REPORTERS, which is why the are worse than random jackasses contributing for free.

Blogger Brad Richards December 05, 2017 7:55 AM  

Jennifer Wright writes: "If you are an aspiring writer, and you submit to them, you are insuring it becomes impossible to make a living in this field."

How ironic: She claims to be a professional writer, yet she does not understand the difference between "insure" and "ensure". Maybe her poor English skills are part of the reason that she can be so easily replaced?

Blogger Akulkis December 05, 2017 7:58 AM  

@Ransom Smith

And that is why free contributors are worth more than "journalists" at any price, including free, or even paying to be published...."Journalists" are insufferably stupid, and every one of them thinks he's clever. Major gamma problems.

Anonymous gritsntime December 05, 2017 8:01 AM  

..but what if you are an aspiring singer ?

http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2017/12/05/voice-star-melanie-martinez-accused-sex-assault-by-former-friend-denies-allegations.html

“I never said yes. I said no, repeatedly. But she used her power over me, and broke me down,” she said. “Just so there is no confusion, I was molested by my best friend.”

I know liberal progs won't do it, but they really should read the accounts of the Salem Witch hunts, and how it finally ended.

Blogger Mr.MantraMan December 05, 2017 8:03 AM  

Or no real demand for any effeminate squawkings from the left whatsoever.

Anonymous Steve Canyon December 05, 2017 8:19 AM  

Just like there's no atheists in foxholes, seems like there's no communists in an unemployment line.

Blogger seeingsights December 05, 2017 8:22 AM  

Here I'll bring up another angle concerning LA Weekly.

LA Weekly is a weekly alternative newspaper that is available for free to readers. Major US cities have such newspapers, such as the Chicago Reader and The Village Voice in New York City.

Such newspapers are left-of-center.

LA Weekly got new owners and it appears that lefties are concerned that the new owners are right-of-center.

What the owners of LA Weekly are doing is something that figures ranging from Glenn Reynolds (Instapundit) to the Alt Right have been advocating: fight the culture war, either by taking over media platforms or creating alternate media.

Anonymous Dividualist December 05, 2017 8:22 AM  

Hi Vox

The reason I bought Riding The Red Horse on Amazon is that your storefront did not accept my eurofag Maestro debit card and I was too lazy to dig up the Mastercard I have for exactly this purpose from the depths of some drawer somewhere in the bedroom. Amazon.de and other local sites have a good plethora of payment options and apparently all of the American Amazon.com ebook content is available through them.

I know, this is a pain in the butt for any smaller company having a webshop. We have this problem too, we have to deal with different payment providers and contracts in every country. And then there are the aging German pensioners who don't want to use anything electronic whatsoever, just cash on delivery...

BR

Div

Anonymous Dividualist December 05, 2017 8:29 AM  

It is useful to consider prestige/status a form of currency. The free writers are paid in prestige, they get to brag to their friends that a publication more prestigious than mywhateverblog.blogger.com accepted to publish them. Actually, instead of a guitar solo, I impressed a woman who really likes to read and really respects writers with my articles published on a right-wing website unpaid (not under this nickname) and she is now my wife and the mother of our child so I think that prestige payment did pay off in the end!

And this also how when my late father used to own a bar he got bands to play there for free. Very beginner nameless bands of course. Practically they were paid in pussy.

Blogger F.D. Stephens December 05, 2017 8:30 AM  

In a tweet yesterday, Jennifer Wright wrote: "This notion that actual humans should have fewer rights than a cell cluster based on some scientifically hilariously unfounded notion that the cell cluster is whispering “mama I love you” inside your womb is EXHAUSTING."

On a positive note, her latest book, which dropped 21 November 17, is at #475,705 Paid in Kindle Store. It's a 58 pp. book about deadly garments through history (think strangulation by stockings) retailing as an e-book for $7.99.

She deserves whatever comes her way.

Anonymous Otto December 05, 2017 8:40 AM  

Leftist believe that when the revolution comes (and everyone is truly equal) everyone will be UPPER middle class.

The reality, that everyone will be poor (as was the case in the Soviet Union) doesn't register.

Blogger dienw December 05, 2017 8:50 AM  

Lazarus wrote:From free movement of LABOR to movement of FREE labor.



And without the need to feed, clothe, or house said labor. The Elders of Zion are rubbing their hands with glee.

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 8:50 AM  

> Leftist believe that when the revolution comes (and everyone is truly equal) everyone will be UPPER middle class.

Well, you see, they and everyone they know are, so....

Blogger Johnny December 05, 2017 9:22 AM  

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OpenID widlast December 05, 2017 9:34 AM  

When you force "equality" upon a people they all end up equally destitute.

Anonymous patrick kelly December 05, 2017 9:46 AM  

I've always preferred playing music that made you want to shake your booty or at least bob your head.

Any creative musician should be able to make that work in just about any style. Even the bass player for Babymetal likes to scoot around and dance a little bit back there

Blogger tz December 05, 2017 10:00 AM  

Most of capitalism and entrepreneurship is arbitrage, finding something that is free or inexpensive and doing what it is necessary to sell it for a profit. YouTube Videos and Google's indexing of the internet being used to sell ad space are examples. You can add value simply by creating a distribution channel.

Also, I find it interesting that someone from LA is complaining (I assume Los Angeles, not Louisiana) since that is the argument against illegal aliens and H1-Bs. You could probably set up a newsroom in bangalore and do color correction and pay the infodrones and infobabes almost nothing to read and chit-chat about news stories.

On Castalia House, I mostly if not exclusively listen using the read to me feature, so the convenience of being able to put them on my Kindles with one click makes that easy.
I would prefer the actual audiobooks in non-DRM MP3, but apparently those aren't available at CH or are well hidden and Audible is AFAIK required to be or will be DRMed.
I get audiobooks from Downpour.com which may not be as convenient as Amazon, but is almost so and I can buy non-DRM or rent DRMed for less and listen through their app.

Blogger Out of Nod December 05, 2017 10:03 AM  

Note to aspiring young guitarists: if you want to make an unforgettable impression on the girls in your town, learn to play this.

This or any top 40/modern country song...

Anonymous Gecko December 05, 2017 10:10 AM  

Erock is great stuff. My personal favorite is his Skyrim piece.

Anonymous fop December 05, 2017 10:19 AM  

Vox always providing practical advice to young men.

Two weeks ago the song was directly from Satan's repertoire.

Today, young men are encouraged to learn it and play it for young girls.



Blogger Out of Nod December 05, 2017 10:25 AM  

@Gecko If you want good VG covers I suggest FamilyJules7x "Coridors of Time" (https://youtu.be/AV7JsFxhDMg) and Songe le Reveurs "I Saw the Wind Fish on Mount Tamaranch (https://youtu.be/CkLgRU50Ia4). The two led the charge in terms of music quality and video production on YouTube 7 years back.

Blogger Sillon Bono December 05, 2017 10:31 AM  

I'm ok with being commercial, I'm ok with making covers, but I'm not OK with distorted sound, not in this day an age.

It is called noise.

Blogger Out of Nod December 05, 2017 10:32 AM  

Two weeks ago the song was directly from Satan's repertoire.

The take away is know your target audience...

Anonymous Bukulu December 05, 2017 10:57 AM  

"...completely blowing it by insisting on showing off by playing some stupid virtuoso thing that no female listener is ever going to like at all."

Yep. Better to just give them your solo version of Under My Thumb.

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 05, 2017 11:01 AM  

How does ku work? Do they give you a percentage per download?

Blogger tuberman December 05, 2017 11:17 AM  

fop wrote:Vox always providing practical advice to young men.

Two weeks ago the song was directly from Satan's repertoire.

Today, young men are encouraged to learn it and play it for young girls.



Yeah well, context is important. What was VD saying then, and what is he addressing today?

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 11:25 AM  

> What was VD saying then, and what is he addressing today?

Some people do have problems distinguishing between analysis of what should be and analysis of what is, don't they?

Blogger VD December 05, 2017 11:57 AM  

Two weeks ago the song was directly from Satan's repertoire. Today, young men are encouraged to learn it and play it for young girls.

Please tell us which of the musical notes are evil Devil Notes and should be avoided.

And while you're at it, I'd also like to know what part of my recent posts have led you to believe this sort of gamma bullshit is desired here?

Blogger tuberman December 05, 2017 12:02 PM  

James Dixon wrote:> What was VD saying then, and what is he addressing today?

Some people do have problems distinguishing between analysis of what should be and analysis of what is, don't they?


You're correct, but not only that, people only get sarcasm or snark today, and often miss true irony. The guitar playing is great, playing a fantastic background for a corrupt message, and it seems a playful irony to point in that direction and the effects on young ladies. Not to mention the external irony that VD cannot help but admire such playing. I admire the playing too. Density!

Blogger tuberman December 05, 2017 12:09 PM  

There is also the notice here that this is what we are up against in the culture wars. Top creative music skills projecting Satanic messages.

Blogger ((( bob kek mando ))) - ( Real Men correct Nate ... 's ... speeling ◕‿◕ ... ◔ ⌣ ◔ ... ◕‿↼ Passive Aggressively ) December 05, 2017 12:16 PM  

VD
The writers and musicians affected would be wise to contemplate why their work is so easily replaced by free substitutes;


or by old groups that haven't had a hit in decades

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/a-band-without-a-no-1-hit-is-outselling-bruno-mars-ed-sheeran

Anonymous old man in a villa December 05, 2017 12:16 PM  

I am a farmer and I write. In no way, shape or form can writing ever be described as "work" and as "Jack Stentz" has just discovered, there's absolutely no need for anyone to pay for something far more talented people are willing to do for free. He should consider real work, like farming.

Anonymous tublecane December 05, 2017 12:24 PM  

I have contributed writing for free. Not journalism, but crappy short stories to websites that have been read by upwards of a handful of people. (Judging by responding posts in the comment sections.) Not to mention freelance commenting on blogs and such, for instance right here, as I speak.

Which I guess makes me a dirty SCAB!

Anonymous fop December 05, 2017 12:38 PM  

Please tell us which of the musical notes are evil Devil Notes and should be avoided.

Your post made me imagine some young tattooed suitor playing "Let it Go" for my own daughter. I'd tell her it sounds like good relationship advice.

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 12:48 PM  

> I have contributed writing for free.

Well, your writing is probably better than theirs, so the same rules don't apply.

Anonymous tublecane December 05, 2017 12:52 PM  

@66-That headline is silly, because I don't think it's any kind of secret that number one hit aren't directly correlated with longevity, or even gross popularity.

You don't have to be anything like as esoteric and niche-y as the Grateful Dead to sell concert tickets without your own Sugar, Sugar. Heck, Sugar, Sugar was sold as the product of a cartoon band.

I assumed there would be a number of click bait internet articles about "great bands with no #1 hits," and I found at least one. Here are the artists they mention: Kinks, Ramones, Nirvana, Clash, Springsteen, Marley, Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and Dylan. I also saw Credence mentioned elsewhere.

Anonymous Cyclone Bob December 05, 2017 1:01 PM  

Any chance the LA Weakly will now give free ads to the weed shops, titty bars, escorts, massage parlors and weed shops?

Blogger Starboard December 05, 2017 1:08 PM  

Erock's guitar skills are amazing. Leo Moracchioli's metal cover really is good. Let It Go sounds better in metal than it does in Disney pop, but neither can fix the candy coated poison and schmaltzy stage musical underpinnings that are the structure of this song.

Young men should be encouraged to learn it if only to lure naive, mis-educated, and willfully mistaken young women away from the Disney Witch's lair.

Blogger Joshua_D December 05, 2017 1:19 PM  

VD wrote:Shouldn't that be, But in this particular case, there is clearly more supply of free labor than there is demand for expensive labor?

No.

Am I missing something?

Yes. There is more supply of free labor. But there is also more demand for it, and that is what I was pointing out. Contemplate how supply-demand curves work.


Thanks.

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 1:41 PM  

> Any chance the LA Weakly will now give free ads to the weed shops, titty bars, escorts, massage parlors and weed shops?

Do you like weed shops?

Blogger dc.sunsets December 05, 2017 1:58 PM  

Good advice for writers, musicians, singers, dancers, photographers and others whose intended occupation looks like someone else's hobby:

Have a Plan B, and don't be a moron by listening to the College Con Artists and taking on crushing debt in order to have a piece of paper that says nothing of any value at all in a market that only cares about output.

Anyone getting a "degree" in writing, music performance, photography (yes, such a degree program exists), etc. is a fool being soon parted from both today's and tomorrow's money.

Blogger Desdichado December 05, 2017 1:58 PM  

I assumed there would be a number of click bait internet articles about "great bands with no #1 hits," and I found at least one. Here are the artists they mention: Kinks, Ramones, Nirvana, Clash, Springsteen, Marley, Who, Hendrix, Zeppelin, and Dylan. I also saw Credence mentioned elsewhere.

Someone just sent me an article that #1 hitless Depeche Mode outsells concert tickets of guys like Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars. In 2017.

So, yeah—great bands can be #1 hitless. But all that proves is that the Billboard chart probably operates on a similar principle to the NYT Bestseller list.

Blogger Feather Blade December 05, 2017 2:14 PM  

fop wrote:

Two weeks ago the song was directly from Satan's repertoire.

Today, young men are encouraged to learn it and play it for young girls.



The lyrics are directly from the Devil's repertoire.

The music is ... actually quite good, by modern standards. I mean, it actually has a tune.

Actually removing the lyrics greatly improves most modern music. One of the best instrumental albums I've ever bought is a string quartet version of a whole bunch of Beatles songs.

Anonymous Gen. Kong December 05, 2017 2:19 PM  

As mentioned before, the copyright is completely owned by Disney - a clearly Satanic, completely converged enterprise. "Covering" the song just makes Disney more money. Why encourage the funding of an obvious enemy? They need to be destroyed, not funded.

Anonymous AB.Prosper December 05, 2017 2:36 PM  

dc.sunsets wrote:Good advice for writers, musicians, singers, dancers, photographers and others whose intended occupation looks like someone else's hobby:

Have a Plan B, and don't be a moron by listening to the College Con Artists and taking on crushing debt in order to have a piece of paper that says nothing of any value at all in a market that only cares about output.

Anyone getting a "degree" in writing, music performance, photography (yes, such a degree program exists), etc. is a fool being soon parted from both today's and tomorrow's money.


Good advice.

In the longer term, 3 to 5 decades or less though the bottom 70% of people will be quickly replaced with automation/computers/arbitrage and in so doing, you'll end up Communist or a police state anyway.

The labor theory of value as our host notes is nonsense though when labor has too little value, something has to give. Otherwise the producers have no demand for products other than State.

This means more State which we've seen consistently grow. The US has more of its GDP as government than it did any time outside WW2 and maybe even more than that . Its 40% at all levels per CATO and there is no upper bound. Its entirely driven by technology and its been ongoing for nearly a century or possibly more.

In the mean time, since technology makes massive wage arbitrage possible, this means unless you are in that top 20% or so, of which half are just looters, you are going to get poorer.

This is going to have very interesting effects, none of them good. My guess is long long term, a century or so either a technological dystopia /slave state, mass extermination with gene driven weapons and bots or a collapse is in the offing , well unless the predicted US civil war 2 lowers complexity and kills off a lot of people

On those grounds I'm never that sad when people get stupider via dysgenic breeding, 100 IQ types , 90 IQ types hell midwits won't accidentally trigger a nuclear war or release a doomsday plague or a slaughter bot swarm

Also I have no doubt Gen Y will end up pushing the US farther left on economic grounds as the Boomers die off . Remember a nearly 30 year old millennial has never lived in the world of the Cold War , it was over in 1991 .

They won't go full Red probably since many have kids but expect to be socialized

Now on topic, people in L.A. don't read very much if at all. Other activities are preferred across race/class lines. Nobody walks in L.A. as the song goes but nobody reads either.

From experience, I live in SO-Cal, most book stores have closed even used ones and used books run around $1 there

The store struggles to stay open with cheapest rent and when I come in to buy, its typical I'm the biggest customer of the week including schools

Its no wonder a free paper isn't doing well, the local population capable of getting value from its writing is tiny and there is only so much money to be had from ads for weed shops and escorts without eyeballs

It makes sense to cut the obvious easy cost first even though on a broader scale its bad for everyone.

Blogger James Dixon December 05, 2017 2:43 PM  

> In the longer term, 3 to 5 decades or less though the bottom 70% of people will be quickly replaced with automation/computers/arbitrage

While true, there are also other trends at play that allow for more optimism. This isn't a thread for discussing them though.

Blogger Geir Balderson December 05, 2017 2:54 PM  

Would be great to hear him do the Bond Music! Live and Let Die!!!

Blogger daddynichol December 05, 2017 3:08 PM  

Those "free" journalists are only seeking a better life and will only contribute to the betterment of journalist society! Established journalists have thing to fear, so stop being so mean!

Anonymous Daniel December 05, 2017 4:14 PM  

@17
>>It's always sad to see these accomplished young musicians who got into music in part to pick up girls completely blowing it by insisting on showing off by playing some stupid virtuoso thing that no female listener is ever going to like at all.<<

I have been telling that to young male musicians, even those who only go as far as karaoke, for years now. Get into cinematic show tunes. Every girl in America has been dragged to these animated shows since they were kids, and they love them. They love singing them, they love hearing them.

Biographies of the Beatles always point out that Brian Epstein was a careful observer of the Beatles shows when he first started managing them. He paid close attention to the audience's reaction to their performances. He instructed the Beatles, forget about performing the songs that you like and concentrate on the ones that the girls like. Don't need any more confirmation of this strategy than the case of the Beatles.

Anonymous Daniel December 05, 2017 4:18 PM  

@17
>>One of the first things we learned in Psykosonik was: give them something they can dance to.

Back in the mid 70s, when Disco appeared, lots of us guys hated Disco, for inexplicable reasons, but the girls loved Disco. An observant lad, who had nothing else going for him, could become a superstar in dating if he learned to dance Disco and escort the girls for an evening. I was to stupid and stubborn to appreciate this at the time.

Anonymous fop December 05, 2017 4:39 PM  

The music is ... actually quite good, by modern standards. I mean, it actually has a tune.

Yup. Lots of american churches sing it during service.

Anonymous Ages December 05, 2017 6:13 PM  

Hopeless. Enjoy your solitary life. Do you seriously not understand that a significant theme in this post is the importance of not arguing with the market?

You’re shopping in the wrong marketplace. Stop looking for fine wine at Walmart.

Blogger Noah B The Savage Gardener December 05, 2017 6:33 PM  

Is it possible that when all of Castalia's work is available through Amazon and only some of it is available at the Castalia store, people get discouraged about checking Castalia and habitually start going to Amazon?

People are lazy. I know I'm beating a dead horse here but the efficient market hypothesis is just wrong.

And if the channel is where the true value lies, then is there more that Castalia can be doing to promote its own store? Is it possible that Castalia could sell special editions of ebooks to which Amazon normally has exclusive rights, for example?

Blogger Elder Son December 05, 2017 7:07 PM  

Well, that was kick-ass. And he smoothly grinned throughout the whole tune.

Jesus just told me I am going to hell. So I may as well go listen to some 2 Steps From Hell (Feat).

Blogger VD December 05, 2017 8:18 PM  

Is it possible that when all of Castalia's work is available through Amazon and only some of it is available at the Castalia store, people get discouraged about checking Castalia and habitually start going to Amazon?

Irrelevant. We're talking four to five orders of magnitude.

Blogger Gordon December 05, 2017 9:26 PM  

"blowing it by insisting on showing off by playing some stupid virtuoso thing that no female listener is ever going to like at all."

Another wise guy I know says much the same thing. He has made a living playing, at times, as did his father. When the grandson expressed interest, dad told him to learn a whole lot of songs. Whole songs, not just Metallica riffs and other sausage fest specials. Learn the words, and practice so you can sing them and not sound bad. The lad has done this. His first gig was playing with his friend's dad, and dad's friends, at a ski resort. He started in the back. After the first break he was in front. After the second break he was playing by himself. And oh, my did he get the female attention. His mother was giving some of the college gals the stink eye for hitting on her 15 year old boy.

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OpenID leukosfash December 06, 2017 12:02 AM  

(((Amazog)))! Amarite?

Blogger buscaraons December 06, 2017 4:30 AM  

Another example is Postmodern Jukebox. They take contemporary songs and turn them into songs as if they came from the 30-40s. It's quite astonishing and some songs actually sound much better. I enjoy listening to some of them

Anonymous map December 06, 2017 4:57 AM  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwWOyuGHukc

Lots of amazing guitarists.

Here is one doing a more popy metal with a more delicate tone.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAD8FUxFoz4

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Blogger Owen December 07, 2017 10:52 AM  

lol... in the weekly rag here in San Francisco ( SF Weekly) there was exactly ONE solid journalist. He quit a couple of years ago. The remaining writers are all hacks. Either bashing trump or singing the praises of gay sex. I'm sure, as Vox alluded to in music, the writing would be much better from volunteers.

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