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September 03, 2007


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

* In his review of a new collection of essays about immigration, Steve Sailer explains why many black leaders are advocates of our current awful immigration policies despite the harm they're doing to black America.

* Good news -- at least for the cottontops among us -- from Time magazine: Sales of hiphop CDs are down 44% since 2000. Hiphop's share of music sold generally has declined too.

* GNXP's Herrick interviews economic historian Greg Clark, who has a new book out offering some ideas about why modern economic progress began in England. Get cozy with the concept of "the Malthusian Trap." As is often the case at GNXP, the commentsfest is half the show.

* MBlowhard Rewind: I compared the MTV-style beach flick "Blue Crush" with Wong Kar-Wai's arty "Fallen Angels."



posted by Michael at September 3, 2007


The link referenced in "hiphop CDs are down 44%" is one Grand Canyon of a Freudian Slip. The link goes to erotic books of all persuasions, unless hiphop has taken an unexpected turn.

Posted by: Bill on September 3, 2007 4:11 PM

That's hilarious. The perils of tabbed browsing, eh? I'm surprised it doesn't happen more often. Thanks, changed.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 3, 2007 6:20 PM

Er, I just thought I'd point out, Michael, that the link for Greg Clark leads to the same very interesting list of books. Most amusing, in view of recent exchanges!

Posted by: alias clio on September 3, 2007 6:30 PM

How are rap downloads faring? Those are the numbers that count, not CD sales.

Posted by: Peter on September 3, 2007 7:03 PM

You also forgot to link the GNXP interview

Posted by: Ken Hirsch on September 3, 2007 8:50 PM

So hip-hop is finally moribund -- yay! Then all we need to wait for is the death of house/techno, and we can all get back to dancing.

Posted by: agnostic on September 4, 2007 1:05 AM

Most music sold in America of any genre is shitty. Why is it a good thing if more of it is shitty pop rather than shitty hip-hop?

Posted by: BP on September 4, 2007 10:32 AM

Clio -- Just keeping you alert!

Peter -- No idea, good point. I don't even know how sizable a part of the music market generally downloading is these days. Is it big-big? But it's interesting that rap sales are down as a percentage of music sold generally -- it'd seem to indicate that it's losing some of its appeal relative to other kinds of music.

Ken -- I should probably just put up a link to erotica-bestseller lists and leave it there permanently ...

Agnostic -- Don't lots of people love hiphop and such as dance music?

BP -- You may not understand how complete an affront, even an insult, hiphop can seem to the older ear ... It's to the point where almost anything else, however shitty, seems better.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on September 4, 2007 11:00 AM

I find most hiphop too slow to dance to, and most techno too fast...unless I'm amped on something, and those days are long behind me, Jesus be praised.

Somewhat off topic, I find it odd that the dominant fast dance form in the West (and increasingly the world) for the last forty years or so--you know, people gyrating and wiggling more or less--doesn't have a name. Or does it? I call it solo freestyle for want of a better term, and it covers lots of moves from White Man Overbite to FvB's dancing bear breakouts and drunken bar girl "Woo-Hoo" shenanigans. Anybody know what I'm talking about?

P.S. Hope this isn't a double post.

Posted by: PatrickH on September 4, 2007 11:21 AM

Both hiphop and house/techno are moribund these days. I liked both of these genres in the late 90's. However, hiphop has become so repetitive and boring that it's become a parady of itself. I liked house/techno more, but this has become boring as well, which it why it seems to be disappearing as well.

This is the first decade in living memory (I think since the 1920's) where there has not been a new genre of music to emerge, and this decade is 2/3s over. All of the kids are listening to the same stuff we listened to 10-25 years ago. This makes me wonder if there is a finite limit to the amount of new musical styles that are posssible, or if the artists simply lack imagination.

Perhaps all of the pirate downloading is killing off the industry. Maybe people, especially young people, simply lack the imagination to develop new kinds of music. If so, maybe this is a manefestation of the dysgenics that the human biodiversity crowd and other social conservatives keep harping about.

Posted by: Kurt9 on September 4, 2007 1:37 PM

Don't get too excited about Clark.

I read a review and saw several supposed factual assertions by him that were obviously wrong.

Let's see how the book fares after knowledgeable people have had a couple of swings at it.

See also, James McCormick's review on ChicagoBoyz of Sykes, Bryan, Saxons, Vikings, and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland.

The idea that there is a genetic basis for British success looks implausible on its face.

Posted by: Lexington Green on September 4, 2007 1:41 PM

Music sales in general are down, while illegal downloading is growing at a nice clip. I don't think hip-hop is going away any time soon.

Posted by: the patriarch on September 5, 2007 2:03 PM

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