Allen Adamson (from Landor and author of Brand Simple and Brand Digital) has revoiced Mad Men to make the characters more 'modern day'. Timely, as I think this will be some useful fodder to get me going on a rant next week at the Brazilian Planning Conference.
There's been lots of excitement and thinking triggered by Chris Anderson's theory of The Long Tail aka the prevalence of the power law curve. Well, perhaps this isn't as prevalent as we first thought. The first empirical study of digital music sales suggests that removing physical constrictions has had little impact on sales. To quote the study:
"80 per cent of the revenue came from 52,000 songs. What's eye catching about the number? Well, the typical inventory of a conventional high street record store was around 4,000 CDs. Or ... around 52,000 songs."
So maybe the long tail isn't as valuable as we were led to believe. You can read more here. (Thanks Dino for the tip).
Interesting new service from HP - aggregates your RSS feeds into a personal pdf 'magazine' that gets emailed to you at the frequency you set. Nice way of demonstrating that HP are about putting the 'personal' back into personal computer.
Most political campaigns tend to become a very different beast once they are elected. Doesn't look like this is going to be the case with the Obama administration. Their transition government site is now up and running, seems very (as Aki succinctly put it) government 2.0 and is perfectly called change.gov
The Onion reports on the night brilliantly here. Funny because it's kind of true. Here's an excerpt:
Carrying a majority of the popular vote, Obama did especially well among women and young voters, who polls showed were particularly sensitive to the current climate of everything being fucked. Another contributing factor to Obama's victory, political experts said, may have been the growing number of Americans who, faced with the complete collapse of their country, were at last able to abandon their preconceptions and cast their vote for a progressive African-American.
Citizens with eyes, ears, and the ability to wake up and realize what truly matters in the end are also believed to have played a crucial role in Tuesday's election.