Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Welcome to Lengua Inglesa. Usos específicos

The aim of this blog is to serve as a support to show different articles and material related to the three branches dealt in this course: business, law and computer sciences. In order to work on something useful focused on the final exam, I would like to encourage you to suggest abstracts taken from assorted anglo-saxon publications.

For instance. Imagine this excerpt from TIME magazine:

Paying $175 for the right to cram into Orlando's Citrus Bowl Park with 50,000 other people for two days straight might not sound that appealing to some. But throw in nonstop live music on a slew of open-air stages and people will turn up in droves, even in a state with one of the highest jobless rates in the country. That's the thinking behind Los Angeles-based entertainment giant Live Nation's latest endeavor in the music-festival business. The company's Orlando Calling festival, which will host more than 50 music acts, including headliners the Killers and Bob Seger, on Nov. 12 and 13, is one of eight new festivals it launched this year as a way to boost its profits in a down economy. Says Alan Ridgeway, Live Nation's CEO for international operations: "Festivals are one of the big growth areas of our business."

Music festivals are a rare bright spot in the struggling music industry. The festival business has grown from almost nothing a few decades ago to roughly $1.36 billion in Britain, one of the world's largest festival markets. In the U.S., where music fans are acquiring a similar taste for outdoor paloozas, live-music revenues have nearly doubled over the past decade, to $4.6 billion last year, fueled in part by the growth in festivals. That has shifted the music industry's focus from recorded albums to live performances. After a decade of dwindling sales of recorded music, caused in part by free Internet downloads from music-sharing start-ups like Napster, live entertainment is the industry's new cash cow — one that can't be infinitely reproduced. According to trade group IFPI, global sales of recorded music have plummeted more than 40% in the past 10 years, to $16 billion in 2010. Ticket sales for live music in Britain, meanwhile, have nearly quadrupled over the same period, to $2.4 billion. In the digital age, people "yearn for actual experiences, like concerts, and they're willing to pay a premium price for them," says Nick George, a media analyst at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,2098639,00.html#ixzz1d8I3hoIM

Once invited and accepted the proposal to participate as a collaborator of this blog, try to do as volunter one of this tasks:

Activity n.1. Try to make two questions to be answered in 3 lines maximum about this text (one per parragraph).

Activity n. 2. Turn into bold letters words dealing with business, law and computers topics.

After doing this, the rest would use the comments option to complete each activity proposed by each of you.

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