I think I’m turning into the female equivalent of an old geezer. Here’s a bunch of new trends that I can’t help but find majorly depressing:
- Product placement in music videos. The NYTimes reports that increasingly musicians are making deals for product placement in their videos, citing an example of the band Fall Out Boy striking a deal with Procter & Gamble.
Fans of Fall Out Boy who downloaded “Thnks Fr Th Mmrs,” the rock band’s new video last weekend most likely enjoyed the spectacle of chimpanzees playing filmmakers and mocking the members of the band. But they may have noticed something else: Tag All Nighter, a deodorant body spray aimed at young men, is featured prominently in the video.
Procter & Gamble, which owns Tag, made a deal with the band’s label, Island Records, to make the video available for free downloading from the band’s Web site before it could be seen anywhere else.
- Media Conglomerates STILL don’t get it. Of course, this isn’t a new trend, but it’s depressing to see just how stupid Big Media Conglomerates are. THIS plan is just too stupid for words. I’d explain it all to them, but they’re too stupid to understand. It would just be a waste of web space.
- Is this the end of internet radio? I sincerely hope not! How manifestly unfair! And if someone thinks that this will prevent the sad decline of broadcast radio, then they’re as clueless as the Big Media Conglomerates.
Sometimes I despair. It’s hard to have faith that things will turn out well.