Wednesday, June 01, 2005

The Nine Dollar Deep Throat

I took a break from this whole blog thing over Memorial Day Weekend, but I am back now to riff on a couple of things today: Deep Throat and Ticket Prices

Deep Throat


With the revelation about who “Deep Throat” is, memories of Watergate have come flooding back to public consciousness. While many can criticize the methods of the man, I think most can agree that what Nixon was doing as a president needed to be exposed and may not have been without the help of Mr. Felt.

At the same time, I think it is unfortunate how the Watergate episode has ended the short-lived practice of tape-recording the business of the White House, leaving all future presidents paranoid about what they keep on record. Since Nixon's scandal, history has lost some important information about the men who occupy this important office. President Bush, for example, will not even email his daughters for fear that private letters will be exposed in some sort of investigation. It seems like some line needs to be drawn as to what information is available in scandal investigations. Otherwise, posterity will continue to lose out.

Maybe it’s the Ticket Prices?


Perhaps I can eventually cajole Joslin to once again write for this blog, but in the meantime, I thought I would share some a perceptive point by her on lower theater attendance…

Basically, the film industry has started to notice that people are buying fewer tickets to their movies in the past few years. Of course, the movie moguls immediately point their fingers on piracy and DVD sales. Some are willing to take the blame and say that the movies simply are not as good as they used to be. In the articles that probed this phenomenon, however, no one mentions the rapidly increasing ticket prices as the culprit, Joslin points out.

Seriously, when a standard evening show can cost $9 people are less-likely to risk their hard-earned money on suspect fare. While the DVD/Home Theater experience cannot match the experience of seeing a movie in the theater, it is getting closer. So when a date at the movies can cost more than BUYING a DVD, why should it be surprised that many are opting for the more intimate home setting?

Of course, the film industry is no stranger to distorting the truth whether it comes from leftist political documentaries, politically-correct historic epics or from judging a movie’s success by its inflated revenue rather than the number of tickets sold. Seriously does anyone care anymore when each year another movie breaks a revenue record? It is starting to lose its effect.

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