spinzilla wrote:Our Reps have failed us once again. The internet will continue to an anarchy. Our white knight has passed.
Okay, seriously dude. The Internet is pretty much an anarchist community to begin with - it has no overall leaders or police force or government of any kind. And you know what? Pretty much everyone is fine with that. It's how they like it. The Internet gets along fine without a net-wide hierarchy. You're confusing anarchy with chaos, which is a terribly common misconception. Are there chaotic elements online? Yes. There always have been and there probably always will be, and so far it's done little to truly disrupt the balance of things in this global community (unless you got your idea of balance from George Lucas - meaning nothing at all except whatever you consider "good"). It's not the end of the world if a few capitalists who sit back and make money off other people's creations wind up losing a few bucks. You're by all means free to disagree with that description, but the fact remains that these guys have plenty of money and it's not that big a deal if they could be getting more and they aren't. They're rich already and piracy isn't going to destroy the reliability of their income. Your entire apparent view of the Internet is frankly rather alarmist and I don't think you see the big picture: The Internet is the closest thing to an anarchistic utopia we've ever had. There is no entity capable of saying what you can and can't do on a net-wide scale. The web has brought us unprecedented freedom in nearly every area you can imagine. Power has been given to the people and they are using it as they see fit by trading information and art freely. I'm not going to argue that it isn't a crime to pirate copyrighted material, but in the end I'm not all that sure it matters as much as the corporations that produce said material would have you believe.
I don't want to cause trouble, but that's my two cents. If you want to debate any of this, I don't want to fill the thread with it, but I'd be more than happy to discuss it civilly and through private messages. Thank you.