Sunday, June 26, 2005

Crime drops despite high prison population
In his Best of the Web pieces, James Taranto has a history of pointing out stupid articles that discuss the fact that crime rates are falling despite a higher conviction rate. His explanation (logical from my perspective) revolves around the idea that maybe, just maybe, more convictions get criminals off the streets and crime rates fall as a result. Well, this post has nothing to do with prisons or crime rates. So why am I telling you all of this?

In a CNN.com piece, we learn about the record drop in movie ticket sales:

'Batman Begins' took in $26.8 million to remain the top movie for the second straight weekend, but it could not keep Hollywood from sinking to its longest modern box-office slump.

Overall business tumbled despite a rush of familiar new titles -- 'Bewitched,' a 'Love Bug' update and the latest zombie tale from director George Romero. (emphasis added)
Let me get this straight: Hollywood is remaking some of the worst movies and television shows from history and it's surprising that ticket sales are falling?

Sure, there are other explanations (like the fact that I can buy a DVD and watch it a thousand times for the same price as a theater ticket), but I think Herbie the Love Bug might be part of the problem—not a mitigator.

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