In Conversation with… Sabian Wilde

Marketing Lecturer. Writer. Music Bod. Claims to have coined 'Perthonality'

Posts Tagged ‘Bad Journalism

Dymocks can blow goat dicks in hell for eternity.

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OK, for a start I’m disappointed that an editorial written by the CEO of a large book retailing chain should appear in the ABC news: especially when it’s spruiking a ‘public petition’ engineered by it’s own book-lovers club – presumably at the sincere request of its members, with no undue influence from Dymocks itself.

Of course the general public would prefer items to be cheaper than more expensive…

But to suggest that the book industry will reap the same ‘benefits’ as the music industry through the removal of parallel import restrictions is to begin from the unproven premise that just because it happened, it worked.

The manufacture of recorded music in Australia resulted in various royalty streams, including mechanical royalties (the individual creation of each CD, regardless of sale, is considered a reproduction of the IP inherent in the content).

Revenues like these go to the companies and artists responsible for the content.

For the major labels, the local manufacture of international artists produces revenues that are reinvested in local content… without the sale of Pearl Jam records manufactured in Australia prior to 1998, Sony Music Australia would have been limited in their ability to develop, promote and release artists such as Western Australia’s Ammonia — for better or worse.

The same holds true in the film industry, where distributors of international films, such as Palace, use distribution revenues to fund the production of local content.

With the removal of the parallel importation restrictions the price of CDs did indeed become slightly cheaper… not only because of the ‘efficiencies’ credited to cheaper labour in poorer countries, but because the distribution of some royalties are determined by the intellectual property/copyright regimes of the territories in which they are manufactured.

Under the new regime, it is now theoretically possible for an Australian artist to make a record, get signed (in either order), only to have that record manufactured overseas, generating less revenue for the artist and then have it imported back into Australia.

Yes, it is true that the consumer gets the product for less.

Retailers will still be making the same profit margin on each item, and it is probably their hope that in making each item cheaper, they will sell more product.

For a retailer such as Dymocks to suggest that it is fighting for the consumer by creating an operating environment in which it (the retailer) can make more money, by suggesting that the current regime is one of irrational self-interest from other businesses in the supply chain, is laughable at best and not more than a little disingenous.

As far as I know, Dymocks only sells books, it doesn’t publish them and it doesn’t take the risks associated with developing new talent… they may call themselves BookLovers, but it is difficult to believe that they care what you read or what you get out of it — just where you buy it.


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Friday, April 24, 2009 at 11:34 am

IN CONVERSATION WITH… 2008 (Year in Review)

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History will show, ’07 belonged to Kevin
But now we’re in ’08, and its time to contemplate
Did we go from bad to worse — is that trend in reverse?
How did we get from there to here? Take a look back on the year…

If it somehow fell to me to write this year in history
I’d have to note we’re contrary to all the other trends I see

The US sent a black man to the White House
But locally we re-elect The Dormouse
Who’d like some yellow-cake with his tea

Say can you see Kevin went ahead and said sorry
That was back in Februrry, nothing rhymes with February
When you say it propruary — next step was voluntary
When he signed the Kyoto Treaty, greenies thought he was the bee’s knees

When I’m writing history, I’ll give out what I get
Yesterday Kev pissed upon carbon reduction targets

In May we had a $20 billion surplus
And signs of an impending credit crisis
Now our banks are all guaranteed
Next comes the deficit we had to have, you’ll see…

Olympic Games? The Chinese apple of the media’s eye
Unless they want to televise, or get the news up on the net
What the hell did you expect, when there’s no democracy
The censors choose what you can see – déjà vu or is that just me?

I’m not rewriting history, just picking out the bits that struck a chord with me
I know not everyone will agree with me

Because the highest rating story of the year, you betcha
Was the death of Heath Ledger, followed by
An update on the death of Heath Ledger
Followed by Should Ricky Ponting lead the cricket team
That was SMH, not me.

Almost Famous

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Is is cynical to believe that the film Almost Famous is rarely going to get professionally dissed because every fucking critic in the world wishes they were that kid?

Or am I projecting again?

And if I am, am I projecting an image that’s been projected onto me by one guy’s idealised/fictionalised account of what he thought he was when he was too young to really know what kind of image he was projecting?

Now, sometimes, if you project onto something, and it then projects onto something else, it’s like that really cool prism effect that used to mean Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ but now means odd-smelling middle-aged people hawking crystals in markets…

But when I do it… it’s just obfuscation, innit?

I’m not sure what I’m here for, but I’m pretty sure it’s not to help.

But I will if I can.

Written by Xab

Monday, November 17, 2003 at 1:44 pm