Conservatives In Hollywood?

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  1. 007
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    More....

    http://www.city-journal.org/html/15_4_urbanities-conservatives.html
     
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    The way I see it, "The Passion of Christ" and soon to be released "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" will show that there is a vast (and I mean "like an ocean" vast) market for this type of entertainment.

    After all, if I were a Hollywood type big shot, I'd want a piece of that action(hey an extra few billion dollars always comes in handy and looks good in your company's annual report!).

    .... but Hollywood won't bite..... why?

    It's the culture, baby!!!!!

    "Not Invented Here". "We don't do that here!" "It's been tried before and it didn't work" "Mel Gibson is just a fluke"

    It's not just Hollywood and entertainment, but other industries have had this problem as well....

    OK, let me spell it out... this is how it always seems to be....

    1. You are a company that becomes successful in your industry (e.g. IBM with computers, GM/Ford/Chrysler with autos, Hollywood with movies)

    2. You are so good that you really are, for all intents and purposes, the only game in town....

    .... so you develop the attitude.... "we know what the costumer wants, we call the shots, we'll tell the consumer what he likes...." i.e. you become complacent and arrogant

    3. Until.... someone or something comes along, does something new and starts eating your lunch (like Microsoft and Intel did with computers, like the Japanese did with autos) and eventually, you find your market share has shrunk to single digits

    4. What to do? Play catch up!!!! Try and jump on the bandwagon, see if you can recapture the glory days when you were #1 .... but it's really too late, there are too many players that are more flexible that you, and they're the leaders now, not you.... the genie is out of the bottle..

    That's Hollywood's story in about 20-25 years, if they don't start to wise up.

    Who will it be? I don't know.... perhaps India? The Indians are the second largest producer of movies on the planet. And guess what, they also have computers there... so CGI (Computer Generated Imagery) is right at their finger tips. And they may not have the compunction to make family style films that the American public wants. I can see it now, someone has a script to a timeless classic on their hands, they can't get Hollywood to pay attention, so he takes it to the Indians who produce it, and make a bazillion dollars.... soon Bollywood is calling the shots... another American Industry becomes the victim of outsourcing due to its own complacency and arrogance!!!!!!!! BWA-HA-HA-HA-HA!!!!!!!
     
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    Gives “Home Movies” a whole new meaning, don’t it? :)
     
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    Agreed, except I think the Microsoft example was off. The only thing they did that changed the industry was offer their liscences more frequently. Right now, they're the "only game in town" company that tells us what we want (a frickin 30 terabyte operating system, 99% of which is never used, and 50% of which is code whose purpose is unknown to any current Microsoft employee), and they're losing market share to the open source program Linux...FAST!
     
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    Yes, Microsoft is going to get their come-uppance, too....

    Apple could have been a player, but Steve Jobs had something against IBM. When he was offered the chance to put Apple's OS on IBM machines, he gave them such a hard time that they decided it wasn't worth it. If he hadn't we might be running MacOS on our machines today....

    Of course, Apple did OK with downloadable tunes. The problem is that Steve Jobs just saw it as a means of selling iPods, not for the revolutionary idea whose time had come (I on the other hand did see it, which is why he should listen to me more often! :) ). Downloadable entertainment .... the new paradigm (I hate that word!)
     
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    A bit off topic, but just bought an Apple G5 yesterday. I've never tried an Apple before, but was so pissed with viruses and when the Dell went into total meltdown the night before, I thought! F*** it! I'm going to give the other a try.

    Still trying to get used to it. I'd like the mouse to be more competent, but so far that is my only complaint.
     
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    G5 .... nice!!!!! Let us know how you make out with that....

    BTW.... for all of those who want to have Microsoft Office but don't want to pay a gazillion bucks for it.... there is a legal substitute... it's called "Open Office" and is offered by Sun Microsystems (the same people who came up with "Java").... and the price is FREE!!!!!!

    You can download it at

    http://www.openoffice.org

    it does spreadsheets, word documents etc.... there are also add ons for databases etc....
     
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    Hey Karl, real quick, got an idea... why don't we start the "USMessageBoard Productions Inc."? We could sell shares to board members.

    We'll give those sons a bitchin' morons in hollywierd a run for their money. I'm sure we could come up with something at least *HALF* as riveting as the "Blare Witch Project", on about the same budget.
     
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    OK, I'm going to get a director's chair, a megaphone, some sunglasses and start calling everyone "baby" and "sweetheart" right now!!!!!!

    Baby!!! Sweetheart!!!!!! :)
     
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    Excelent. And I'll print up some business cards on my computer that say I'm the Executive Producer, and then head down to the casino's today in search of babes.... er, cast. :teeth:

    Wow! We're off to a roaring start Karl.... er, baby. :D
     

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