Comments: And yet, I'm still here

Thank you. Birthdays are nice. And actually, that digression reminded me of Jamaica Kincaid's story, "Girl:"
"... always eat your food in such a way that it won't turn someone else's stomach; on Sundays try to walk like a lady and not like the slut you are so bent on becoming; don't sing benna in Sunday school; you mustn't speak to wharbfflies will follow you; but I don't sing benna on Sundays at all and never in Sunday school; this is how to sew on a button; this is how to make a button-hole for the button you have just sewed on; this is how to hem a dress when you see the hem coming down and so to prevent yourself from looking like the slut I know you are so bent on becoming..."

Posted by Kim Pearson at March 18, 2005 08:01 PM

File-sharing ain't theft, it's promotion. No, really. Janis Ian says her CD sales jumped 300% after she started posting free music files on her site.

I reckon most of those files people download are things they would never have purchased, except for the ones that convince them that they must go out and buy the albums.

Posted by Avedon at March 18, 2005 08:20 PM

Professor Kim - I think that of all the socialization we women undergo, that of our mothers sinks in the deepest and is the hardest to overcome. (To the extent that we want to.)

And thanks for the quote. Jamaica Kinkaid just hit my list of "authors I must read."

Avedon Carol - I wasn't thinking of music file sharing so much. I do believe that free samples can increase sales.

I was thinking about the growing problem of movie file swapping.

Posted by Anne at March 18, 2005 08:29 PM