You know I was thinking I was a little hard on Balloon Juice last night…

Posted: April 26, 2010 by datechguy in internet/free speech, media, opinion/news
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…when I hit him on the PorkBusters stuff. Then I went to Memeorandum and read his link concerning South Park and learned that islamic threats of violence were analogous to not rebroadcasting Sinead O’Connor dissing the Pope et/al.

They are analogous in the same way that California Bank and Trust closing a branch in California is to closing their WTC 1 branch in Sept of 2001.

Let’s me explain for those who might be regular Balloon Juice readers something called business.

If you have a business selling non unique goods and services to a customer base that is shared by your competitors , rule one is to avoid upsetting said customer base so they don’t choose to go to your competitors.

Or put simply: Piss off your customers and they will go elsewhere if they can.

Television runs on ads. The companies that run ads do so because they want to associate their ads to said show, celebratory etc… If that association costs them customers rather than helping them retain them (read GEICO voice over) then it doesn’t serve their purpose.

Thus a Bill Maher fails on ABC where his opinions and wit might hurt the bottom line but makes it on HBO where the customer base is different. That’s how the free market works…

…on the other hand we have. “Take off this show or I cut your throat.”

If you can’t tell the difference there isn’t a lot of hope for you.

Update: More economics from Doctor Zero via Robert Stacy.

Comments
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