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Smile, You’re a Talking Head

OK, follow this closely. Over in Britain, a lawsuit has been going on, Apple Corps Ltd. (the music company started by the Beatles back in 1968) suing Apple Computer Inc., claiming that the U.S.-based computer company has broken a 1991 agreement in which each agreed not to enter into the other’s field of business. Apple Corps argues that Apple Computer has infringed its territory by entering the music business. They want the courts to make Apple Computer to drop the apple logo from the iTunes Music Store and pay unspecified damages.  With me so far? Well, BBC TV wanted a talking head to come and give an opinion about the case, so they invited British blogger and journalist Guy Kewney, an expert on Internet music downloads. Guy duly showed up at the studio and sat in a reception area, waiting to be called to go on air. When the call came, though, there was a mix-up in the reception area. The minion sent to get Mr. Kewney got Mr. Kewney’s taxi driver instead.  The taxi driver, who didn’t know what was going on, was sat down in the studio, had a mike pinned to his jacket, and was then interviewed. He coped quite well. The interview can be watched here .  The cab driver is now, of course, a media star. He may never have to work again.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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