December 19, 2006 Nicholas Carr:
„A while back I [Rough Type blog] wrote that Web 2.0, by putting the means of production into the hands of the masses but withholding from those same masses any ownership over the product of their work, provides an incredibly efficient mechanism to harvest the economic value of the free labor provided by the very many and concentrate it into the hands of the very few.“
Bollywood, the world’s most prolific film industry, is raising a bullish toast to 2006. After years of more misses than hits, the Mumbai -based industry has performed exceedingly well this year.
- Earlier, single screen theatres would require at least 800 to 1000 people for a show to be a commercially successful and help the movie to break even.
- At a typical five-screen cineplex, in contrast, each theatre needs only about 200 people to make it a full house.
- Cineplex ticket prices are usually three times more than the single-screen cinema tickets, but audiences still prefer them for their comforts and good projection and sound. The result is that Bollywood is laughing all the way to the bank.
- Adding to their fortunes is the Bollywood-crazy diaspora market, especially in the UK and North America, where films have been faring well in the past few years.