Monday, May 6, 2013

Mad Men: the mix up and the delay

Update: the nice man with the Texan accent at Apple Support solved the problem.

As you may have heard, this week's episode of Mad Men (ironically entitled "For Immediate Release") was accidentally (we hope) leaked on iTunes. By the time I got up this morning, it wasn't available at all on iTunes, which means that I haven't seen it.

That's going to be tough on my stats as about five times as many people come here to read my Mad Men commentary than my regular readership. Oh well, these tings happen.

To add insult to injury, someone reading an old post, put up what has to be the stupidest comment in the history of the blog,

1 comment:

  1. I look forward to reading your comments when you see Episode 6.

    On another note (no pun intended), Roger Scruton is absolutely right about the decline in musical tastes coinciding with the decline in morals. It started in the 60s with all the upheaval that went on, but then was given a big boost in the 1970s when school districts started cutting music (and art) budgets. That was a big mistake and couldn't have happened at a worse time. Not only was society in disarray, but the stability and life lessons (which Scruton mentions) that kids learned by studying a musical instrument, participating in band, orchestra, chorus, was now gone. We started seeing the consequences of this 20 or more yrs ago with declining attendance at classical music concerts, increasingly older audiences (referred to as "blue hair"), and with that of course declining revenues. There was a time in the US--before television--when almost every household had a piano. I guess pianos at that time were affordable and accessible to most people, and many kids learned to play in school or took private lessons which were also affordable. So while television certainly played a role in this, studying and playing music gave kids and families an alternative to it. Staying after school for band practice or music lessons meant kids weren't turning on the TV as soon as they got home.