Archive for January, 2011

Our Partnership with TED

By Jim McCarthy 1 comment

Last week, I traveled to New York City to announce Goldstar’s partnership with TED.  (If you’re not familiar with TED, do yourself a favor and spend some time on the website.) I’ve been a TEDster for several years and feel strongly that their mission of spreading good ideas is important and powerful.  Since Goldstar as […]

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    Consolidation? Not So Fast

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    I’m trying to understand better what the people in support of this idea that the arts are oversupplied are envisioning. I think what they’re talking about is some kind of organized consolidation among arts groups, and I suspect some of them feel this should be some kind of top-down process of deciding where the resources […]

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      Commenting on Live 2.0

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      A few people have said it’s difficult to comment on this blog, and the reason for that is that if I open comments more, I seem to get literally hundreds of spam comments a day, which uglies up the site and triggers an apparent OCD streak in my head that I didn’t know I had […]

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        The Herd Needs Thinning? You Go First (contd.)

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        The “arts” are oversupplied.  We’ve heard this before.  There are, according to this thesis, too many organizations and the resources to support them are therefore spread too thin.  Kill off the bad ones (we’ll worry about what the hell we mean by “bad” in a minute) and then everyone will have plenty of money and […]

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          Politics is NOT for Entertainment

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          I used to be something of a political news junkie.  I followed elections closely, knew all the names of all the players for each party, had a good grasp of the “game” of politics, as a spectator at least.  I told myself it helped me be informed as a citizen and be able to participate […]

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            The Difference…

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            Last week, I wrote about how it would be a bad year for the secondary market, except for those in the lead.  I’m primarily talking about Stubhub, of course, and one of the reasons I believe that it’s going to be tough to be in the secondary biz and NOT be Stubhub is, as I […]

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              Food, It’s What For Dinner

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              I’ve talked about this several times, but this is another piece of evidence to suggest how strong this trend is. BREAKING NEWS: People Really Like to Eat. What I mean by that is that food, as a sensory experience that goes beyond being a mere spectator, has become a more and more important part of […]

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                11 for ’11: Things to Think About This Year

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                I wrote a piece that appeared in Ticketnews yesterday as guest commentary that you might want to read.  In it, I voice my disappointment with not having a vacation home on the moon by the year 2011, but consoled myself by identifying a few (11 to be precise) issues you should be thinking about if […]

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                  Permanent is Not Forever

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                  Remember that.  Things can be permanent, but nothing’s forever. The Roman Empire was permanent.  It ruled the ‘world’ for almost 1000 years (longer, if you consider the Byzantines), but it ended.  Sho’ nuff, eventually the whole thing ended. The Cold War was permanent, but it ended.  If you grew up, as I did, during the […]

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                    Bowling for Dollars

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                    At the end of each college football seasons, the “best” teams are invited to play in “Bowl” games.  This started, innocently enough, years ago when my own hometown of Pasadena, California built a football stadium that, like the Yale Bowl back in Connecticut, looked like a bowl.  But being far more picturesque than New Haven, […]

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