Stephen King: forget piracy, boomers…

Stephen King: forget piracy, boomers are just tired of buying crap

Stephen King: forget piracy, boomers are just tired of buying crap
Stephen King’s editorial in the new Entertainment Weekly (not online, but the best part is below) opines that the real crisis in the entertainment industry isn’t piracy, it’s mental fatigue among moneyed baby boomers.

So what happened in the ’90s? I think we’re seeing an entire generation — my generation, the baby-boom generation — turning off the lights upstairs and putting a sign on the door: SORRY, BUT I’M TAKING A NAP. MIND CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. Pretty much the same deal is going on with music sales. Piracy and illegal downloads, although covered to a fare-thee-well in the press, account for only a fraction of the drop in $$. I think what’s happening is all too clear: We baby boomers are just too pooped to party. Oh, we do buy some records — you may have heard that we love the Beatles, Rod Stewart, and those funksters the Rolling Stones. Just don’t try to get us to listen to anyone who isn’t registered with AARP! Bob Seger was probably correct when he told us rock & roll never forgets, but it sure gets tired.

Hey. There is music other than 60’s rock! Electronica, hip hop, experimental, modern blues, etc. – but you do have to look for it with an open mind.

Movie-ticket sales have remained strong, but only because the studios are selling a product aimed almost solely at Gen-X and Gen-Y. Most R-rated movies go in the tank. PG-13 rules. A film like “The Fast and the Furious” strikes box office gold, while Clint Eastwood’s “Mystic River” muddles along at the box office. I’d argue that 20 years ago, “Mystic River” would have done “Chinatown” box office numbers. Now the baby boomers look at the previews on TV and think, Nah, that looks too serious. Too hard. Guess I’ll stay home and watch “Jeopardy!” And the “Jeopardy!” answer is “Just about the saddest thing Steve King can think of.” The question is “What do you call a whole generation going to sleep?”

“Hope I die before I get old? One reason this boomer enjoys volunteering with ANSWER is the huge mix of people, cultures, and ages. A while back some punkers in Lancaster CA put on a benefit show for ANSWER. An ANSWER organizer in his early 60’s spoke at it, then went stage-diving into the slam pit with the 20 year olds. I find this inspirational! Someone apparently forgot to tell him he’s a boomer and thus should be burned out and retreating from life.

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