Friday Link List

1. Vinyl Sales Are Way Up {nicholas carr}

Speaking of the physical manifestation of informational goods, the numbers for 2012 just came out and, according to Nielsen Soundscan, U.S. vinyl album sales leapt another 18 percent, the fifth year in a row of muscular gains.

 

2. Gabby Giffords Launches Gun Control Campaign {npr}

So she and her husband Mark Kelly, as they write this morning in USA Today, are launching a campaign “to balance the influence of the gun lobby” and push for “responsible changes in our laws to require responsible gun ownership and reduce gun violence.”

Their announcement comes two years to the day after Giffords was shot in the head by a gunman who attacked an event she was hosting in Tucson, Ariz. he killed six people and wounded 13, including the congresswoman.

 

3. iPads & China Vs. Wisconsin {npr}

A joke began to circulate in Wisconsin: ‘This paperless society sure is good for business.’ Amazing, astonishingly, the paper industry demand held up right around 2005, 2006. There is a beautiful old, 120-year-old mill on the Wisconsin River in a town called Nekoosa. It has to work extra shifts to make the paper for the recent biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. The irony, of course, is that no industrialist has done more than Steve Jobs to create the touch screens that are putting the pressure on these paper mills.