Titanic falls and Radio bits [was Re: Haiku]

I Find Karma (adam@cs.caltech.edu)
Wed, 8 Apr 1998 16:20:43 -0700

cobraboy wrote:
> > Janie, welcome to FoRK! We appreciate your post.

then elwood replied:
> You would never posted this had Janie not identified herself as female.

I beg to differ. Tim Byars welcomes with open arms anyone and everyone
to post whatever comes to mind, whether they be male or female.

*I'm* the one who jumps down peoples' throats when they do something like
crosspost something to both Voxers and FoRK ("I don't piss in your
swimming pool, so why are you doing the backstroke in my toilet?").

FoRK is the #1 place where I come to consume bits, and I simply don't
like other people crapping where I eat.

Of course, then I learn to mellow my gold, because even something that's
#1 for 15 weeks like Titanic eventually gets knocked out of the top spot
by a junky 1960s outtake like Lost in Space.

See, music isn't this capricious. After 15 weeks, Marcy Playground's
"Sex and Candy" is still number one on the Billboard Modern Rock charts.
And although Titanic has been the number one Billboard album now for 13
weeks, next week it's going to drop to #2 as Master P's "I Got the
HookUp!" sells 400,000 copies. Of course, this doesn't change the fact
that the Titanic soundtrack has sold at least 400,000 copies in each of
the last ELEVEN weeks -- and no other album in the SoundScan era
(post-1991) has sold that many for more than 5 consecutive weeks.
Master P's last album "Ghetto D" sold 260,000 in its first week, and
he's more popular than that now, though I do note that both of Master
P's brothers, Silkk the Shocker and C-Murder, debuted at #3 earlier this
year with separate albums because Titanic and the new Celine Dion album
have been locked in at #1 and #2 for pretty much all of 1998 thus far.
So okay, maybe Master P won't debut at #1 either. After all, none of
Madonna, Van Halen, or Eric Clapton were able to knock out Titanic with
their new debuts... I've heard good things about the new Pulp album,
maybe I'll check that out instead.

See, I wish movies were this stable. I wish everyone and his brother
would got out this week and see Michael Moore's new documentary The
Big One, which promises to be far more entertaining than Lost in Space...

Radio is this stable. And continuing to consolidate itself:
Number of radio stations in the United States: 10,022
Number that carry Rush Limbaugh: 599
Number that carry Dr. Laura Schlesinger: 445
Number that carry Don Imus: 106
Number that carry Howard Stern: 44

In this age of syndication, who is left to talk about local issues (such
as, "it's my mailing list and I'll cry if I want to")???


I'm about to take off my shirt. A feeling of mild nausea is normal.
-- The Critic