We know our Adventures in Copyright posts set you guys off like nobody's business. And we've taken to the site again and again to explain why we feel they are important, and why they will continue. One area that seems to get overlooked in the regular posts is the poor economic conditions that allow such items to be created and that are fostered because of them. There's a new book out called Cheap: The High Cost of Discount Culture by Atlantic Monthly writer Ellen Ruppel Shell that investigates these sorts of costs. I can't wait to read it. According to the review in USA Today, she investigates how the American mindset shifted to where discounts and throwing things away became socially acceptable. As well as how low prices don't always benefit those with lower incomes.
I found this quote from the author in USA Today's review very interesting, "The focus switched from the object to the deal: If the deal was good, the object under consideration became less critical to the transaction." I'm going to try to pick up a copy this weekend and see what more she has to say about the many aspects of this topic that relate to our industry. It's sure to be an interesting read. Stay tuned. Or if you read it, too, shoot me an email and share your thoughts.