Media Diversity

Wednesday February 11, 14:47:23
Newsstand in central Madrid, Spain. Where?

Wednesday February 11, 14:47:09
A curious assortment of news and media products also in Madrid, Spain Where?

Wednesday February 11, 15:36:54
Some 5 Euro DVDs in a strange categorization schema. Not sure these all belong together in the same selection, as Boris pointed out. Disney? Al Pacino and Robert De Niro?Where?

A curious diversity of media selections at many of the newsstands seen out and about central Madrid. Most barely stopped short of selling small household items. You could get DVDs certainly, along with a variety of newspapers, both lauded broadsheets as well as the usual assortment of pulp hobby, entertainment, fashion and sports magazines. It’s curious to see these alongside of hardcover, shrink wrapped editions of the Life of Stalin, tomes titled the History of Philosophy and speciality, custom-published magazines with nattily groomed Barack Obama on the cover.

Why do I blog this? Observations bout media distribution practices. Curiously, I don’t exactly recall seeing DVD rental outlets, which I was not on the look-out for. I wonder if the newsstands also serve as DVD purchase/rental outlets. It is barely worth noting that I attempted to watch “Lost” during my nine days in Espana (a fella has his curious vices..) but was stymied by a notice that showed in the video frame — this show is not available outside of the United States. Hrm. In some ways, I suppose this is a signal of old media — both the institutions as well as the material. People more often than not seem to be turning to their peers and trusted allies to obtain the things they want, and those networks grow stronger as the one or several to many networks crumble and fall.

One thought on “Media Diversity”

  1. About Media distribution practice and DVD. In Korea, there are a lot of DVD-renting-room. The same way you would go to a private room karaoke in Japan or a Manga cafe, you can rent a room where you can watch a DVD.

    Also, I remember one of my trips in Malaysia 20 years ago, you could go in a shop with your magnetic tape, choose the vinyl songs you wanted on each album, and they were making a custom tape for you, selling it. iTunes Store before time.

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