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What Idol Teaches Us

Published on May 16, 2013 by in Columns

The music industry is struggling.  It’s a recurring theme in this column; it’s a struggle that I see and experience almost every day.  I’ve made no secret of my belief that the old model, upon which many legendary record labels have been built, has been rendered obsolete by technological advances. The Great Record Industry Freak-Out

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Go Your Own Way

Published on December 20, 2012 by in Columns

In last week’s column, I reflected on what television has become over the last decade—a trend that has become even more solidified in 2012.  With the rise of DVRs and streaming video-on-demand, we’re seeing a pronounced rise in serial dramas, shows with complex storylines and impeccably-developed characters.  As television shows are devoured, in many cases,

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Saving Our Culture

Published on May 10, 2012 by in Columns

The Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges once said, “I always imagine Paradise as a kind of a library.”  This quote was one of the many thoughts racing through my mind one evening last week, as I sat at a small wooden table in the Cultural Center de Mesilla, surrounded by books.  Across from me sat

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The Best New Thing

Published on July 28, 2011 by in Columns

As of December 2010, there were more than 266,848,000 Internet sites on the World Wide Web. If you tried to spend five seconds on each site that exists today, and you surfed continuously without food or sleep, it would take you more than 211 years to visit them all.

 
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