A commercial board for the Apple Computer Inc.’s iPod is seen inside a metro station in downtown Paris March 22, 2006. REUTERS/Charles Platiau NEW YORK (Reuters Breakingviews) – The internet is both a blessing and curse. It has given consumers around the world access to an unimaginable trove of music, movies, television shows and books, all at the touch of a button. But it sometimes seems as if the deluge is watering down popular culture – and undermining the economics of the artists and companies we rely on to keep us entertained. Joel Waldfogel begs to disagree. The University of Minnesota business professor believes technology is fostering a golden age of pop culture, not dumbing it down. In “Digital Renaissance,” he argues that we not only have more reading, viewing and listening material than ever before, but it’s better. And he’s got data to back that up. Boy does he have data. Waldfogel surveys decades worth of music magazines like Rolling Stone to come up with a critic index, which effectively measures the growth of positive reviews of new albums. This metric shows a peak in the 1970s but remains broadly steady after the rise of Napster in 1999, indicating… Read full this story
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