08 July 2004

Late-breaking news: The proportion of Americans who are serious readers is declining. Like I need someone to tell me that. This is not necessarily bad news for the publishing industry, though; its success depends not on beating DVDs, but on beating itself (which it does with alarming regularity).

Moron of the Month Award: I think we have a winner for July already. The Trading Standards Office in England is roughly the equivalent of the FTC over here (ok, it's very rough). In other words, it's about the last place one should go to sell counterfeit or nonconforming goods. Apparently, though, that's not a universally held opinion. Showing up at a branch office with counterfeit DVDs for sale is a lot like trying the burglarize a police station. Sure, anyone can take a wrong turn; but there just aren't that many Trading Standards Office branches.