Bling

A recent article in The Wall Street Journal discussed the Internet’s impact on the music business. Despite the industry’s best efforts to accommodate itself to the Internet, so much music is downloaded from Napster-like locations, paid and unpaid, that the industry is losing significant sales revenue. As I read the article, the thought occurred that perhaps it’s the product that’s the problem and not the medium through which it’s delivered. Anyone who has waited for a traffic light to change and had one of these boom boxes on wheels pull up alongside with music blasting knows what I mean. Thirty years from now, who among these rap stars will be remembered? Better yet, which of the lyrics will be able to be hummed let alone sung? Where is the timeless music of today? I cite this example to complain about the use of the word bling so common today when referring to jewelry. Th
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