Archive for August, 2012

Are we winning the race to the bottom?

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“There’s always the opportunity to cut a corner, sacrifice lifestyle quality and suck it up as we race to grab a little more market share.”

Seth Godin’s blog posts always contain nuggets of wisdom, but this one is outstanding.  In the constant drive to cut costs everywhere – junk products, government programs and services, corporate production costs and taxes, it’s time we all took a  moment to read The Race to the Bottom.

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Interesting Social Media and Tech Links for week ending August 20, 2012

My favorite links of the week from the best Social Media and Tech blogs and websites:

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Is the magic gone at the Sunflower Festival?

Clarksdale Sunflower Festival 2008

Sunflower – 2008

When people who are not from around this area ask me about the Blues, I tell them about the treasure of Blues right down  internationally famous Highway 61, where you can still hear authentic blues in the juke joints in and around Clarksdale, MS and a number of other towns between Memphis and Indianola.

My favorite music festival for the last few years has been the Sunflower Blues and Gospel Festival which happens in Clarksdale the second weekend in August, remarkably close to the Elvis Death Week festivities in Memphis.   I have seen many remarkable performances at Sunflower, which has been free, and low glitz since I started going about 10 years ago.

This year, the Festival was much hyped for its headliner; no not Bobby Blue Bland or Bobby Rush, but British rocker Robert Plant.  Plant has had some multi-million dollar inspiration from the Delta – remember Led Zeppelin’s When the Levee Breaks?  It was was actually written and performed by Memphis Minnie and Kansas Joe McCoy  back in the 1929. Don’t get me wrong.  I am a huge LZ fan, and when I heard that Plant was playing the festival for free because of his love of the Delta and Clarksdale, I was kind of touched.  But, according to Clarksdale blogger, Phillip Carter, it didn’t quite go down in   keeping with the history and culture of the festival:

Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival 2012: A not-quite-so-free festival.  PhillipCarter

I missed the Festival this year.  I hope the magic is not lost for good.

 

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