Archive for October 1st, 2011

“Sex-Loving She Devil”

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

I don’t know if Amanda Knox is guilty of murder.  The problem is the judge and jury don’t seem to know either.  In America, if a case was this messed up, it would have been thrown out of court long ago.

Consider some facts on which everyone agrees:

• Knox was interrogated by police for 52 hours without a lawyer.  The police said the questioning was “tough but fair”.

When police say they are “tough”, it probably means they beat the 20-year old girl unmercifully psychologically and emotionally.  I wouldn’t even be surprised if they rapped her on the head a few times as she claims.

• Knox couldn’t speak Italian and the police couldn’t speak English.  A policeman was assigned to translate but the police admitted “he was more an interrogator than a translator”. Oh good.

• The DNA in the case was judged “not adequate” by independent DNA experts.  There is no other strong physical evidence.

• The prosecution histrionically painted Knox as “loving sex, drugs, alcohol – and she was promiscuous.  A she-devil.”  Yikes –  but what does all this have to do with the murder?

• The prosecution passed around crime scene pictures of the victim with her 40-wounds TWICE.  And there sat Knox refusing to look at them.  “A sure sign of guilt,” said the prosecutor.

I don’t think anyone should be sentenced to life in prison without more evidence than we’ve seen here.  I don’t know if Knox is innocent – but there’s not enough evidence to prove she’s guilty.  Right Casey Anderson?

The Arrogance of Monopoly

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

The red and yellow colors of the Eastman Kodak Company have all bled out.  In 1996, a share of Kodak stock was worth $80.  Yesterday it closed at 78-cents.

What killed Kodak?

Financial analysts cite three major reasons: Polaroid in the ‘70’s, Fuji selling low cost film beginning in the ‘80’s, and Digital Photography since then.  I can give you a bigger reason that encompasses all three:  the arrogance of monopoly.

In the mid-seventies I worked for a marketing company that did a lot of work for Kodak.  The first assignment I had was writing a paper on “How To Keep Videotape Out of Television News”.  Of course the concept was crazy.  News programs were beginning to use video to broadcast events almost immediately.  Sure the images were a little fuzzy at first – but news was hardly “new” by the time film was shot, processed, and edited for TV.  Film couldn’t even compete with the emerging technology in many different fields.

Everyone knew this by about 1975.  Everyone….but Kodak. It could have jumped into digital (which we called electronic photography back then) but its pride, pigheadedness, and rigid belief in film forever turned the company into a blindfolded, stumbling dinosaur.

I’m very sad to see it go.