Media Mashup: August 12, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-08-12 at 5.29.47 AMBooze I: Dance and Music Clubs Are Dying

The UK’s total number of nightclubs shrunk by almost half from 3,144 in 2005 to 1,733 a decade later. Millennials apparently are content to listen to music at home. For details, see

Booze II: Rum Can’t Keep Puerto Rico Going

The National Interest reports about Puerto Rico’s financial problems, alling the country “America’s Greece.”

“Puerto Rico distills 70 percent of the rum consumed in the United States. We might surmise that both borrowers and lenders were imbibing too much if they failed to foresee the island territory’s recent default. Puerto Rico has been in a recession for a decade with little sign of emergence. A chronic budget deficit, a bloated public sector, an economy in shambles and highly tax-advantaged bonds that encouraged investors to stay too long were all warning signs to observers.” For details, see

Booze III: Making Beer Strong and Getting Drunk Faster

Fox News reports an increasing percentage of craft brews with higher alcohol content. “The proliferation of higher alcohol brews may not just be a side effect of more sophisticated American palates. Some bartenders note that the higher ABV [alcohol by volume] just appeals to customers looking to get buzzed faster.”

Christopher Harper is a longtime journalist in Europe and the Middle East. He teaches media law and international journalism. Send suggestions and tips to


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