Finally, a lucid, practical, and mature comment on file sharing (or stealing — depending on who you talk to):
"’We have to try as an industry to get ahead of this and give the
audience an attractive model before the illegal file-sharer providers
meet their needs,’ said David F. Poltrack, CBS Television’s executive
vice president for research and planning."
Honestly, though, who has the time to steal television? Or, more to the point, who has the time to watch the television they’ve stolen or listen to all that pirated music? As the zen master says: If a ripped DVD is played in the forest and nobody is there to watch it, is it really stolen?
It’s an interesting, lively issue, with serious consequences in the arenas of economics, free expression, and personal liberty, yes, I do not doubt. But the more I think about it, and despite that I should be personally invested in it, I can’t help thinking how easy contemporary life is for many of us (me especially) that one of our most emotional hot-button passionately-driven debates is over the control and distribution of entertainment (or art — once again, depending who you talk to.) Not food or shelter or health care. Send somebody’s kid to Iraq, well that’s troubling, but delete our TIVO’d episode of "the L word" after two weeks and we will take to the barricades. Or, as Tony Soprano and clan would say, "to the mattresses!"
Let the flaming commence …