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November 30, 2006

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No need to be scared, chalk it up to any publicity being good publicity. This is the most anyone has talked about Seinfeld since 1998.

I am a Seinfeld fan who will eventually buy the DVD set. I was really saddened to see Michael Richards' outburst because I enjoyed his performances on Seinfeld. I don't condone what he did in any way, and I don't intend to support what little of a career he has left. But I don't think that depriving myself of the enjoyment I get from the show in an ineffective attempt to send a message about his behavior is likely to accomplish anything useful.

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One set, released the same day last year as another is outselling the other...

As would logically have to be the case...

And this proves?

Huh?

One Seinfeld disk outselling another means the popularity of what was boosted?

This is ridiculously misleading.

The article in the post cites the article from TMZ.com, which says that sales have increased dramatically from last years totals on DVDempire.com and DeepDiscountDVD.com.

It says nothing about how those sites have seen an overall increase in sales from last year, based on growth in a competitive field.

The post article also notes the position of Season 7 on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, without saying where Season 6 was.

Most importantly, IT DOES NOT ACTUALLY SAY THAT THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DVDS SOLD IN WEEK ONE FOR SEASON SEVEN IS MORE THAN THE TOTAL NUMBER OF DVDS SOLD FOR SEASON SIX.

Do you understand what a fallacy is? Well, your argument falls victim to the fallacy of false cause. Just because the sales on Seinfeld DVDs is up it does not mean that the reason they are up is because of the Kramer developments. The two do not directly correspond. I am sorry but your reasoning is illogical. You care creating a case based on circumstantial evidence.

I understand what a fallacy is. I know I can't prove that the Richards incident boosted DVD sales (if they're up relative to the previous season's in the comparable period - see update above), but on its face the evidence is highly suggestive. The DVDs came out on the same day as season 6 did last year and the most obvious reason for a boost in sales is that the Richards incident ended up promoting the DVD by reminding people it was out. What's the alternative explanation?

Perhaps it is because season seven has had a much higher rating than that of season six. The season seven dvd's also include a few of the most memorable and highly watched seinfeld episodes of all time including, "the soup nazi", "the invitation", and "the rye". Also this was the last year Larry David was writing for seinfeld.

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