Myspace article from Bloomberg

This Bloomberg Businessweek article is not directly related to anime but I still want to share it with all of you:

The Rise and Inglorious Fall of Myspace

Anyone who is interested in internet business should see this article, which has good history and solid analysis. The age of .com bubble is long gone, and internet is now a large, well-consolidated sector. Social network or not, people from industrial moguls (e.g. Murdoch) to individual investors (e.g. YOU) need to take internet more cautiously. Of course, big websites (think Facebook, Youtube) are fundamentally different from the likes of Bank of America, Shell or General Motors, but nowadays their potential to crunch (and create) incredible amount of wealth is no less than that of any traditional business. Continue reading

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Cash, credit, craziness: C – The Money of Soul and Possibility Control

Since all C -The Money of Soul and Possibility Control episodes start with alphabet c, I decide to compile three c-words in the title of this review. As a matter of fact, cash, credit and craziness pretty much sums up the entire anime, in case you wonder. A 11 episode anime, C aired from April to June, 2011. At least on the official website for the anime, it is claimed that it deals with a mighty interesting topic: finance, which is a discipline sounding like totally mysterious or full of bull-waste to the general population. Just kidding here, no disrespect intended.

When the world is full of Midas currency, we all know Ben Bernanke has traded 15 years of his future for the godawesome Quantitative Easing X. (he was an Harvard professor with no public post in the reality before the deal, now he ends up being Fed boss, sympathy)

I have seen certain reviews lashing on this anime, criticizing its shaky setting, underdeveloped characters, and failure to make a coherent theory behind the main plot. Personally I feel none of these criticisms is true if one could get over C‘s flawed story telling. Continue reading

An interesting article on internet anime “pirating”

I have stumbled across this interesting piece of article yesterday. Thought it’ll be cool to share:

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/02/why-anime-fans-pirate-the-shows-they-love.ars

To be perfectly frank, I believe that no “anime fan” (real or semi-real or fake) out there could honestly claim they have no experience undermining the integrity of this delicate little concept called “intellectual property”. Personally I am very interested in discussions on this topic, be it built around anime or the more mainstream music, movie and software industries. I won’t go into details here today though, or it runs the risk of growing into a 10,000 word essay which would spell certain doom for me at work tomorrow…

As a matter of fact, I almost created a new category in this blog named “legal and compliance” about a minute ago. Yet on second thought it’s most likely to be an eyesore and never clicked upon, so never mind : P Continue reading