cupidsbow (cupidsbow) wrote,

Golden Geese and the Tea-Time of the Soul

I know I'm spamming today, but for some reason I feel like I'm stuck in Douglas Adams's long, dark tea-time of the soul.

Anyway, I've been thinking about all the stuff that's been happening on LJ over the last month, and one of the things I keep coming back to is the golden goose idea. See, I can understand how someone could kill the golden goose. Sure, it's a mistake based on greed, but it has a certain logic, ie: "I can have lots of gold right away, or a little spread out over time. I pick lots."

Not that I'm comparing SixApart with the goose owner or anything. ;)

What I have never understood, though, is why someone would kill off one golden goose that they actually have just because it's not the diamond goose they want. For instance, if a tv show actually gets a huge audience of 30-something women, but the PTB want an audience of young men, why do they then cancel the show instead of re-jigging the advertising to suit the demographic they've won over?

Why do they do that?

And yes, I'm totally comparing SixApart to diamond-geese wanters (and Fanlib too, except they have no magical geese to start with, other than inside their own heads).

What goes wrong with people's thinking that they don't understand that they are destroying perfectly good female audiences golden geese?

And while we're on the topics of money and power, have a read of playing with numbers and coming up with power, in which twistedchick estimates how much fandom contributes to LJ's coffers,
Tags: fandom, links, politics
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