Saturday, August 27, 2005

PRESS POOL PARTY DUDES

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Bush had no time to spare to talk to Cindy Sheehan or anyone really important to America but he obviously has plenty of time for throwing parties. From Editor and Publisher:
More than four dozen members of the press corps accepted an invitation to a barbeque at the Bush ranch in Texas last night, even though it was off-the-record and they had to ride a bus past the Cindy Sheehan-led antiwar camp site.

The party was pool side, though no one stripped and swam. The president wore jeans and served Texas beer.
Well, according to my secret photo you can see above, they did swim and they did strip! This is why they were sworn to secrecy. Like in a typical Skull and Bones bash, they had to worship the Devil of Death and dance around naked. Sounds like a typical Bohemia Club party, for that matter.
Dan Froomkin, in his online Washignton Post column today, notes that “in spite of all the recent press demands for senior administration officials to stay on the record more often, the press corps can't resist an offer of face time with the president, pretty much no matter what the conditions.”

Nevertheless, he reports, he had been told “that several reporters expressed squeamishness about last night's event, particularly as the press-pool vans drove by antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan's 'Camp Casey' site. And later, a small handful watched askance as the rest fawned over Bush, following him around in packs every time he moved.”
Anyway, the media whores were delighted to sneak into the Bush Waco Compound and to smooze with the booze, you know, Bush served alcohol, and have top secret Skull and Bones conversations with the Chief Brat himself and I am assuming, though I have no pictures to prove this, they got branded, too.
"It is no small feat to organize the White House press corps, over 60 strong, into a half dozen white vans and then motorcade them to the ranch. This summer, of course, has been no ordinary summer, with Cindy Sheehan camped out along the side of the road and those opposing her views on the other - the van ride to the ranch is a reminder that our country is at war and the President we are to visit has much on his mind..
Oh, getting the little brats lined up and onto the buses sure is challenging. Sort of like herding pigs. It really isn't that hard. You clang the bucket of sops and yell, "Soooooeeeee pig pig pig," really loud. I assure you, the pigs move very fast.

At Gitmo today, the captives there are on a hunger strike. Of course, no one talks about them anymore. They are our scapegoats who had nothing to do with assisting Atta in his attacks on America that one fine, sunny day, whose anniversary is just about to dawn.

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Thursday, August 25, 2005

FOX FUX FIX

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Time for the mass media to yell about blogger ethics! Remember, they accuse us of using Google to learn stuff and then we talk about them! That is a no no. But they can talk about us and they don't use Google, it seems. In in this case, Fox was, as usual, totally irresponsible and of course, enough holes in their story you could sieve spagetti in it! From Yahoo News:
After the report ran on Fox News on Aug. 7, people have shouted profanities at Randy and Ronnell Vorick and spray-painted "terrorist" (spelling it "terrist") on their property.

"I'm scared to go to work and leave my kids home. I call them every 30 minutes to make sure they're OK," Randy Vorick said.

John Loftus, a former federal prosecutor who appears on the Fox News segment "Inside Scoop with John Loftus," gave out the house address during the broadcast.

He said the home belonged to Iyad Hilal, whose group, Loftus said, has ties to those responsible for the July 7 bombings in London. But Hilal moved out of the house about three years ago.

Police have patrolled their house since the day after the broadcast and now have a squad car across the street. Police Capt. John Rees said the department was "giving special attention to the family to make sure they're safe."

The couple sought a public apology and correction.
I hope they sue. I was going to run the story about two hours ago here but went out to deal with some wasps and got stung.

So it is all over the blogsphere. Hope you read about it at Kos and Washington Monthly and Atrios! They are spot on about it, being bloggers and thus, the unethical masses like ourselves, long live the bloggers! Anyway, I came inside and sat down, the wasp stings really itch now! And here is the cartoon. I think I am the first to cartoon this story.

Gads. Fox is filled with clowns. And they dare talk about patriotism. They certainly ape their chimp in chief.

Back to the regularly scheduled program: the missing movie star white teen was found...she ran away. Everything is OK, everyone, maybe we should see more Fox breaking news about her.....heh.

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Saturday, August 20, 2005

TURN OFF, TUNE OUT, DROP OFF

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

I think Americans are putting the pillow over the head and tuning out...except on the left. We seem to be just beginning to hit our strident stride. Heh. We aren't shutting down or shutting up, are we, gang?

Readership of mainstream news media is way down, TV news watching is way down, not triumphant American bombs blowing up cities! No, just bombs blowing us up, or rather, blowing up Gold Star Mom's kids. As the pro war demonstrators said so loudly, "We don't care!"

From the Twin Cities Star Tribune:
Twin Cities listeners have been tuning out political talk radio.
Locally, conservative-talk icon Rush Limbaugh's show has lost 43 percent of its audience among 25- to 54-year-olds in the past year. Sean Hannity's show is down a whopping 63 percent. The shift is serious enough that "we're weighing where these shows fit for us in the future," according to Todd Fisher, general manager at KSTP (1500 AM), which carries both syndicated programs.

Many Americans also are switching the dial. While ratings for political talk radio typically drop the year after an election, experts around the country sense something else in the air. Many metro listeners are turning to local, often sports-oriented shows.
"We're not sure yet what's really going on," said talk radio veteran Ken Kohl, Clear Channel's director of news and talk programming for northern California. "In general, the talk shows that are succeeding are ones that haven't been reliving the election, or constantly harping on the polarization between liberals and conservatives."
I have a suggestion for Clear Channel: run Marine recruiting ads 24/7 for free until we get enough soldiers so they can stop these third cycles through that Iraqi hell! After all, I remember before this stupid war, Bush told Clear Channel when he was going to cross the Polish er, Iraqi border on flimsy charges and so the radio station was poised, like Fox, to broadcast broadsides of patriotic music and pro war talk.

They are as complicit in this war crime spree as Tokyo Rose was in WWII. And like her, they should be punished.

Now ratings are falling because this war stinks. And the President stinks, too. And the stench or Rove makes the stink smell like roses in an outhouse.

So now they claim all those pro-war Americans who were stirred up by Clear Channel propaganda are now interested in movie stars! Well. They can stick their heads in the sand but what about this ugly news story: From AP:
The Army is planning for the possibility of keeping the current number of soldiers in Iraq — well over 100,000 — for four more years, the Army's top general said Saturday.

In an Associated Press interview, Gen. Peter Schoomaker said the Army is prepared for the "worst case" in terms of the required level of troops in Iraq. He said the number could be adjusted lower if called for by slowing the force rotation or by shortening tours for soldiers.
Geeze. 4 more years! Let's do the math: 2 years=2000 dead so 4 years= 4000 dead. OK. All those Clear Channel listeners, listen up. We need besides the future 4000 corpses, at least 40,000 limbless/brain damaged people, too. So turn off that radio and go to your nearest recruiter.

Hut hut hut! What ya gonna be today?

We are going to go away!

Where ya gonna go away?

We are going to hell to play!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

BIG LIES

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From "Heaven onlly knows" by Joe Archibald, 1945/ Science Fiction Art by Brian Aldiss

By Elaine Meinel Supkis

Our rulers are getting pretty surly. Remember the hoo ha over the brain dead woman? Congress held special sessions that ran into the night and desperately tried to twist laws by passing obviously unconstitutional stuff, all to pander to right wingers wailing. Bush left his vacation hideaway to fly to DC to sign the unconstitutional bill.

They all had tons of time, money and compassion...for right wingers.

Now they are wailing and keening that Bush can't spare five minutes to argue with mothers of soldiers killed in his stupid little wars.

From the NYT:
CINDY Sheehan's attempt to have President Bush tell her - again - how sorry he is about the death of her son in Iraq is escalating into a protest more political than personal. As such, it is a legitimate expression of antiwar sentiment. But the individual cry for attention at the heart of it - "Mr. President, feel my pain!" - is misguided. Ms. Sheehan cannot expect a commander in chief to emote on demand.
Talk about a dead brained dodo. She wants to talk not about her son who is already dead but about the stupid war that is killing other sons and daughters that Bush's own children are not fighting. She wants to debate about this war, a debate Bush won't have with any Americans much less the victims of his policies.

What troubles me most is the NYT editors won't note that this editorial sucks. They could easily pull it and tell the lying courtier that he is making stuff up since he won't address this obvious inequality of issues. Lately, there have been a tsunami of editorials that skip over essential points like the sudden rash of "why have a war on prescription drugs?" push to get Rush Limbough off the hook or whining about Judith Miller in jail when the NYT doesn't give a hoot about Padillo or all the unfortunate people Starr imprisoned, trying to make them tell false tales about Clinton's sex life.
Richard Nixon was not unsympathetic so much as transcendentally awkward. His way of dealing with a situation only half as fraught as Reagan's encounter with the state trooper was a desperate attempt at wit: "Don't worry, soldier, you see too much out of the other eye, anyway."
Nixon lived in a bubble, too. He didn't want to argue with us, he wanted to destroy us. Shoot at us. Hammer us. Arrest us. Far from being besieged by beggars, we were intent on making him face reality.

He didn't want to and didn't do it, ever.

Bush, like Nixon, wants to keep us at arm's length, preferably, a million miles away as he kills foreign people and leaves us exposed to attacks at home. He wants to talk to us through his media whores who bellow his opinions at us while we scream at him in the streets and on the internet. He hates us. Far from an excess of humanist feeling, this psychopath hates his victims and he wants to push us into a deadly trap because this makes him and his oil buddies filthy rich.

The NYT hosts this elephantine parade of garbage because Bush gives the owners huge tax cuts, no inheritance taxes, lots of leverage and they obey their buddy in crime.

It tees me off, this sort of fake editorial, full of lies and mixing up people on personal missions begging for something vs a leader of the anti war movement who has a real, very public, international, important bone to pick.

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Sunday, August 14, 2005

ARMOR ISN'T ALL...

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

This is an AP photo. Many American news media subscribe to AP. You won't see this photo plastered all over the place. I got it from the BBC. They show pictures of our war. Our media won't.

Look at this photo carefully. The vehicle is one of the most heavily armored troop trackers we have. It became the coffin of all the soldiers inside. They burned to death.

None could escape.

One of the big lies being run around by the mass media is that our occupying troops have no or little armor. They have a lot of armor. It doesn't work, indeed, it might even make things worse. The very well trained Iraqis who we as well as Saddam toutored in the arts of war, are very good indeed. They make the Vietnamese look like pikers. They know their ordnances and the weak spots of our equipment because we are teaching them every day, how things work, how we patrol, what our equipment looks like. Just like in Vietnam, we teach them at day and they then apply the lessons, setting traps, at night. They are the one and the same.

They are our soldiers, our buddies. The friendlier the Iraqi, the more likely he is the one setting the charges at night. One of the friendliest Vietnamese during that war turned out to be the third in command of the North Vietnamese Secret Services, for example. He was cozy with everyone and read all our military plans which were handed to him because he was by far and away, the friendliest Vietnamese in that country.

Then we wondered why we lost.

From the owner of USA Today:
'Support our troops' — bring them home alive
They're burying young Marine reservists in Ohio this week. Fourteen of them, ages 19 and up, were killed last week when their amphibious landing vehicle was blown up by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
President Bush won't be at any of the Ohio funerals. He has not attended any funeral for any of the 1,840 servicemen and women killed in Iraq, although he has met with some groups of families who lost loved ones.

Bush simply called this latest tragedy a "grim reminder" that we are at war. It also should remind anyone who knows anything about war that lightly-armored amphibious vehicles never were meant to transport troops on bomb-laden roads. They were designed for sandy beaches.

They're being misused because, nearly 2½ years after we invaded Iraq, we still don't have enough heavily armored transport vehicles. Some soldiers themselves make "hillbilly armor" out of sand bags and scrap metal.
OK. Mr. Neuharth, why didn't you cover our anti war demonstrations heavily? Why did you join the yapping hounds of war? Now you want to pull out of the deadly Iraqi cul de sac! Well, kind of late, isn't it? And note how your own lying sack of shit paper today covers this story that happened today in Iraq, the soldiers in that heavily armored vehicle being burned until only some bone scraps remained? Where is the AP photo?

It isn't on the front page. It isn't in the middle pages. Where is it? It proves your contention to be ridiculous. No armor is going to save anyone at this point. They know how to toast any vehicle and even our tanks are being blown up with impunity now.

The real question is always, why does our media hide vital information? For weeks, I have tracked as many photos of vehicles being blown up, they are hard to find!---and they show clearly, we are in serious trouble now.

Pentagon sources say that attacks are double what they were last year and those were double over the beginning of the war which dates from when Bush pretended to fly a jet and announced, "Mission Accomplished." One mission has been a roaring success for Bush and the Texas oil barons and the Saudi princes who Bush kisses: the price of oil is through the roof.

I found the story of the soldiers who died, screaming as their tank ignited, here it is in USA Today:
In ongoing violence, five U.S. soldiers were killed in roadside bombings, including one on Sunday, and another was killed in a shooting over the weekend, the military said.
Paragraph 4! After chat about the nifty constitution we are ramming down their throats. Here is the picture Mr. Neuharth decided to use today:
Pretty gripping, no? Like, don't the media want eyeballs? Don't they want us to sit up and look? Psychologically, pictures of fires excite people and this is why people run to see houses burn down. Pyromaniacs abound because our most primitive urges attract us to fires and the photo I opened this story with is certainly amazing and horrible and we need to look.

Everyone inside that tank burned to death. Yes, they were cooked. And in a week, the few bones and odds and ends will be put inside a big coffin that won't be opened for viewing and it will be buried after it comes home at night and no media outlets will be there to photograph them coming into Dover because they really don't care.

They are still, even as they pretend to be against the war, pandering to the worst in us.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

RICH BLOG READERS

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

OK. Where is the loot? According to the news today, we are rich! From Yahoo:
Good news for Web log publishers with aspirations of making money off their sites--compared to the average Internet user, visitors to Web logs, or blogs, tend to be younger and to belong to a wealthier household, a study has found.

Blog visitors are also more likely to shop online and to connect to the Internet using a broadband connection, according to the study "Behaviors of the Blogosphere" conducted by comScore Networks. Unsurprisingly, blog visitors are also more active online, visiting almost twice as many Web pages as the average Internet user.

ComScore defines blogs as "mostly amateur online diaries." In terms of unique visitors, FreeRepublic.com ranked first in the first quarter, followed by DrudgeReport.com, Fleshbot.com, Gawker.com, and Fark.com. By visits, DrudgeReport came in first, followed by Fark.com, FreeRepublic.com, Gawker.com, and Slashdot.org.

"ComScore found that blog visitors represent a demographically attractive advertising audience. Blog visitors are disproportionately likely to be affluent, young, and broadband-enabled," reads the study, published this week.
This is bad news for Fed Ex and their fellow ilksters. Corporate America spends more time snarling at us rather than courting us. For we bloggers are at the center of this! Readers of blogs can't read blogs unless bloggers blog. Try repeating that line three times, fast!

Of course, right wing blogs are heavily visited because there is a paucity of multiple blogs. Namely, the left has the joy of many choices. For example, Atrios and Kos exist but all the auxilary spin offs surround them in a great cloud of blogging. Liberals tend to be pickers and choosers rather than followers. This is why competition to make liberal blogs look good and be user-friendly is so ferocious. I, for example, used to visit a great number of liberal blogs but have stopped doing so except reluctantly because of bad graphics or template or some such. Namely, I can afford to be very choosy now.

Drudge, for example, was a simplistic site built up to funnel trash. It remains ugly and squat. It is of interest to the right wing because it is a Rove funnel and this is where they get their marching orders, namely, how to frame today's news. They then repeat this information to each other in group brain washing sessions at the Freeper site. They are so insecure, they can't argue with anyone and any dissention is ruthlessly eliminated.

Why anyone would want to read repeat indoctrination is beyond me. But then, on the left, we attack trolls, eliminating them only if they mess up the ability to comment via service attacks or other destructive measures such as harrassing posters at home or pretending to be another poster so they can defame them.

An unpleasant crew.
Proof of the rising popularity of blogs is that about 50 million U.S. Internet users (about 30 percent of all U.S. Internet users) visited blog sites in the first quarter of 2005, up 45 percent compared with 2004's first quarter, according to the study.

The most popular type of blog is the political one, according to the study, which was sponsored by blogging software and service vendor Six Apart and by blog publisher Gawker Media.
Hey! We are popular! And no wonder. America is very divided. Bush, the "uniter," turned out--astonishing!--to be a huge divider. Because of this and because the mainstream media meddles about, waxing and waning, whining and dining, no one wants to listen to them anymore.

The spoiled rotten right want to be Thumper the Chest Bunny Rabbits. They want to sound big and manly and strong while they hide at home, obviously, with lots of money stashed under their Game Boys. On the other hand, I bet most of them don't "head their households" but rather are in school and mommy pays the rent. And they have plenty of money to spend thanks to her.

They are prime customers of corporate America. The lefties don't interest corporate America because we are rather angry with them and so we won't reward them by falling for their advertizing blitzes. So corporate America will aim all their firepower at the "buy Coors Beer and be a man, not a you-know-what" crowd.

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Friday, August 05, 2005

PAYOLA FOR CRAPOLA

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

What with the media making frantic over bloggers and computer P2P users and Chinese copywrite violators and all sorts of flim flam, they keep getting their balls caught in their own machinery.

From Inhome:
A US judge has finalised the settlement of a lawsuit brought by disgruntled movie-goers who accused Hollywood's Sony motion picture studio of using a fake critic to trick them into seeing mediocre films, lawyers have said.

Sony Pictures Entertainment agreed to pay USD 1.5 million to resolve the class-action suit filed in 2001 claiming the studio invented a bogus critic to heap praise on its movies, the movie-goers' attorney Norman Blumenthal said yesterday.
Maybe we could sue over all the bad movies we watch? Heh. One way to get back, no?
The suit was filed following a report that Sony's Columbia Tristar unit had used glowing reviews allegedly written by the non-existent David Manning that heaped gushing praise on films including Hollow Man and A Knight's Tale. Angry fans accused the studio of misleading them with quotes from the non-existent critic Manning who, in 2001, proclaimed Australian actor Heath Ledger was 'this year's hottest new star' following his role in A Knight's Tale.
"The Knightmare of Sony Street, II" couuld be a fun movie. The fact that the movie moguls made up a critic who could flack for them shows how very far behind Bush they are. He just goes out and buys pundits and reporters who then pretend they are not working for him.

By the way, this is old stuff.

Reporters have been very happy to work for those they are supposed to be investigating. Take this example, From Radio Democracy Now:
Amy Goodman and her brother, fellow journalist David Goodman, have co-authored an opinion piece in the Baltimore Sun today called Hiroshima Cover-up, challenging the New York Times coverage of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 60 years ago.

They are filing an official request with the Pulitzer committee to strip New York Times correspondent William Laurence of the Pulitzer he was awarded for his reporting on the atomic bomb. Laurence was not just a reporter for the Times, he was also on the payroll of the US government. He wrote military press releases and statements for President Harry S. Truman and Secretary of War Henry L. Stimson, all the while faithfully parroting the line of the US government in the pages of the New York Times. His reporting was crucial in launching a half century of silence about the deadly lingering effects of the bomb. It is high time, the Goodmans say, for the Pulitzer board to strip Hiroshima's apologist, William Laurence, and his newspaper, the New York Times of their undeserved prize.
You would think the NYT would be very angry about this just like they are oh so angry about Judith Miller...not. Operation Mockingbird was instituted so the CIA could sneak false information and rank propaganda into the news stream by using the cover of real reporters acting as if they were indepenent agents.

Our government spends billions abroad, corrupting and buying the alligence of traitors in many other countries which is why China, none too happy with us this week despite their private visits with the Bush clan, Rice and Bolton, From the New York Times:
China said today that it had formally arrested a Hong Kong-based newspaper correspondent and accused him of spying for Taiwan, the latest in a series of signs that China is tightening controls on the media.
The government here can't use the thrifty Chinese methods. Thanks to our Constitution, we have "freedom of speech," sort of, maybe. Anyway, they have to pay people like Armstrong Williams a huge bribe to flack fake reviews of steaming piles of GOP tripe. They have to be very sneaky but this doesn't bother them.

It is our money Chinese loans we will have to pay back, not their money.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

DARKNET

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By Elaine Meinel Supkis

The greatest wonder of computers is how they can be wrest away from the Powers that Be and harnessed by us to do whatever we want if we can figure out how to do it.

Since our rulers are conspiring to destroy us or at least put us in chains, the computer/internet interface is our battlefield. The war has broken out in the open this month on several fronts. Aside from the rulers yelling about blogger ethics, a real joke, yes? They are desperately trying to stop us from using our computers like tools and get us into just using them passively.

This battle features lawyers and politicians who listen only to those with lots of money except if the peons get too restive then they do our bidding for a few months then sneakily return to doing business as usual with the real rulers.

The latest entry onto the cyber battlefields is Darknet.

Cymru's Darknet:
Tracking compromised machines can be difficult. Security solutions often don't scale to the size of larger networks. Technologies such as IDS are flawed, producing copious false positives. When solutions are scaled to fit the larger providers, they often require considerable care and feeding, thus taking time away from problem mitigation. There must be a better way!
Enter the Darknet! A Darknet is a portion of routed, allocated IP space in which no active services or servers reside. These are "dark" because there is, seemingly, nothing within these networks.

A Darknet does in fact include at least one server, designed as a packet vacuum. This server gathers the packets and flows that enter the Darknet, useful for real-time analysis or post-event network forensics.

Any packet that enters a Darknet is by its presence aberrant. No legitimate packets should be sent to a Darknet. Such packets may have arrived by mistake or misconfiguration, but the majority of such packets are sent by malware. This malware, actively scanning for vulnerable devices, will send packets into the Darknet, and this is exactly what we want.

Darknets have multiple uses. These can be used to host flow collectors, backscatter detectors, packet sniffers, and IDS boxes. The elegance of the Darknet is that it cuts down considerably on the false positives for any device or technology.

The goals of the Darknet are simple - to increase awareness, and to ease mitigation. With a Darknet in place, it is far easier to determine the amount of naughty traffic on a network, as well as the sources of said traffic.
Note how much of this latest fighting is about routers? I do believe this is where we should keep our focus. For routers are the backbone of the internet. The governments across the planet need to control routers in order to control our access to the information on the internet. Information like this blog, for example.

All governments are worried about the internet. They all have to work in concert with the big corporate entities to see that denizens on the net don't get too uppity. At the same time, the providers of data and content all want to feed us with a bottle dropper and not let us glom onto the creative energy the computer complex gives us. They don't want us messing with their stuff. Yet they won't give it to us in a form which exploits the speed and power of the computer complexes we now own.

The glacial rate which has been created under archaic systems irritate people who want to enjoy content. Getting it to people swiftly and yet profitably is a problem. For the content makers need to make money. But they don't want to change the data stream to make it more convenient and consumer-friendly.

From Wired
Hollywood is terrified of your computer. Movie industry bigwigs know your PC can help you create your own movies, or, worse, copy and tweak theirs. So, like a jealous lover, the entertainment industry worries: Is your computer offering you the fulfillment we can't? Are you going to buy fewer of our movie tickets, DVDs and CDs?

Author J.D. Lasica says Hollywood is waging battles on several fronts to make sure that doesn't happen. In his comprehensive, sometimes chilling new book, Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation, Lasica details the entertainment industry's strategies for maintaining control of content in the rip-mix-burn age.
Silverman writes well about this. I will note here that China has dealt with the riddle of costly content by simply doing what America did to Britain for many years back in the 19th century: steal copywritten materiel. Gilbert and Sullivan were constantly suing Americans over theft of their operettas. Dickens and even Tolkien in the 20th century had to sue Americans stealing copywrites.
The software provided by MovieMask and its rival, ClearPlay, quickly came under attack by Hollywood, which argued that even in the privacy of their own homes, consumers don't have the right to mess with trademarked films. Though Congress came down on the side of ClearPlay (the Family Entertainment and Copyright Act, passed last April, kept scene-scrubbing software legal), Hollywood's aggressiveness surprised even Lasica.

"(Hollywood's) view still is in the vein of, 'We are the artists. We are the creative professionals. You are the audience, and you don't have the right to change anything that we do in any small way,'" he said. "But that's just a holdover. It's 20th-century analog thinking -- that there isn't a place for the audience in the movie-viewing experience, that we are just passive receptacles for the artists. That won't work in the digital age."

Turf wars between the entertainment and technology industries are nothing new. Music companies sued to thwart the player piano in 1908. AM radio broadcasters marshaled their forces against the coming of FM. VCRs very nearly went extinct in 1984 until a 5-4 Supreme Court vote (with Sandra Day O'Connor passing the tiebreaker) kept them legal.
Always, when a new medium is created, the old systems fight it off as fiercely as possible. Yet they always end up making oodles of money anyway, once they clear their brains and figure out how the new system works. All recording systems have been attacked. Yet they always expand the market! This is pretty obvious yet is a lesson that has to be learned again and again.

From the NYT:
Briefly buoyed by their Supreme Court victory on file sharing, Hollywood and the recording industry are on the verge of confronting more technically sophisticated opponents.

At a computer security conference in Las Vegas on Thursday, an Irish software designer described a new version of a peer-to-peer file-sharing system that he says will make it easier to share digital information anonymously and make detection by corporations and governments far more difficult.
Even the NYT, servant of the corporate entity, has sat up and noticed the possible existence of Darknet.
The Irish programmer, Ian Clarke, is a 28-year-old free-speech advocate who five years ago introduced a software system called Freenet that was intended to make it impossible for governments and corporations to restrict the flow of any kind of digital information. The system initially used a secure approach to routing between users and employed encryption to protect the information from eavesdroppers who were not part of the network.

Unlike today's open peer-to-peer networks, the new systems like Mr. Clarke's use software code to connect individuals who trust one another. He said he would begin distributing the new version of his program within a few months, making it possible for groups of users to establish secured networks - available only to them and those they choose to include - through which any kind of digital information can be exchanged.

Though he says his aim is political - helping dissidents in countries where computer traffic is monitored by the government, for example - Mr. Clarke is open about his disdain for copyright laws, asserting that his technology would produce a world in which all information is freely shared.
Ah, the free speech movement! I remember it all very fondly. I remember a Black Power advocate being banned from the University of Arizona for using the word "Fuck" in public. I then recorded as many statements as possible of coaches of the football team yelling "Fuck" at the players, my boyfriend at the time was a tackle. Heh.

We forced the university to recind the banning.

One of our rulers, China, is none too pleased about this uppity Irishman's creation. Heck, Homeland Security, our neo-Nazi organization set up to spy on us is none too happy, either. Time, once again, for the despots of the world to unite to crush freedom of speech.

As usual.

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