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Breaking Non-News: Amy Winehouse Not Touring as a Hologram

When technologies are new, people naturally make small-minded, limited assumptions about them. It’s human nature. Apparently, some fans of Amy Winehouse have heard (and probably started) the rumors that she would be touring soon, despite having died a few years ago, in hologram form. I predict there will never be a successful tour of a major star in hologram form. The reason I say this is that as soon as the technology is good enough to deliver a high-quality “performance” …

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What Reinvention Sounds Like

Slate‘s Mark Vanhoenacker has declared classical music “dead” in America. I’m not sure if there are other continents or republics where it’s all the rage, but here in the U.S.A., it’s not just in trouble. It’s deceased, passed on, bereft of life. As John Cleese would say, it’s an “ex-parrot.” This, of course, is an exaggeration, but only technically. Both financially and in terms of cultural relevance, it’s bad, and there are very few arrows pointing up. But here’s my …

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