Monday, June 9, 2008

Wal-Mart, cultural hero

In this morning's New York Times, the Arkansas Ark of Culture is making waves yet again by striking deals directly with music artists/bands, cutting out the middle man.

That grinding sound you hear is the RIAA, the voice of those middle men, self-resurfacing it's metaphorical teeth - usually used to bite the metaphorical butts of online file sharing miscreants.

Sidebar: I'm in Atlanta (Hotlanta - 79 degrees at 6 am) for the American Advertising Federation annual meeting. NYT advertising columnist Stuart Elliott speaks to us at lunch today. If anything interesting emerges, you'll hear it here tomorrow.