Did Murdoch say that before or after Son bought the name "Napster" and put it on their iTunes store clone?
"Electronic Hezbollah". I like it.
It's sad, and a little scary, to see how many kids coming up today have internalized the reactionary narrative of the RIAA and Friends. Just the other day, I was talking to this 19 year old college student who believes that file sharing is literally the same as stealing a car. It's even sadder, and scarier, to see certain companies quietly shifting the digital world away from the old idea of data and programs as products, stored and owned by individual computer users, to the idea of data and programs as net-based services, delivered to users on-demand through tightly controlled channels; thoroughly violating consumer ownership rights (which have historically been protected by the very same body of "copyright laws" that these companies are quick to champion, just so long as the interpretation favors their own business interests), and imposing ad hoc artificial scarcity on the world's first and only true post-scarcity market.
But we're still winning, so Metallica and Dre can suck one.
At this point, I feel like the rhetoric on both sides is mostly bullshit. The RIAA line is, of course, exactly what you said, but the "post scarcity market" has almost completely failed to live up to its promise, too.
|John Holmes Motherfucker |
Napster was when I finally decided to get a computer. This was probably true for millions of people who were not particularly interested in computers and the internet.
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