In response to "Hit Them Where They Live" from The Escapist Forum:
I'll tell you the precise problem with /b/ - the precise problem is that it is a self-contained community. I've been led to believe that on the ARPANET, that is very much a Bad Thing. It is that very containment that has led them to believe that their absurd attempts at humour (or "doing it for the lulz") have any comedic value whatsoever - "no soap, radio" if I've ever seen it in reality.
The results of this self-containment can be seen now that people are bringing /b/ to attention. These people, crippled by exposure to these absurd in-jokes, fail to realise that others don't consider their humour to be anything better than a curiosity, and more likely just see it as foolishness. Better to have the anarchy of the notorious USENET than this sealing off, because at least those on the USENET had some chance at redemption, and if they couldn't be redeemed, at the very least, they made a good psychological study on the ARPANET as a whole.
From a sociological standpoint, doesn't /b/ sort of represent the perfect example of an entirely anarchistic 'organization'? By that I mean, a group entrenched in anarchy in every way (a continuous and spontaneous state of flux, with relation to their prescribed methodology, ideals, and ways of relating with even one another, let alone the outside world), as opposed to 60's activist groups that called themselves anarchist for blowing up consumer outlets and throwing blood on fur coats and stuff.
In response to "Grey Noon" from The Escapist Forum:
Mechanisms in place? You don't mean DRM, which has been there for decades, do you?
If it can be played it can be stolen, end of. Always been that way, always will be.
And this comment page is full of RIAA grassrooters, apparently. "Feelings of guilt" for downloading movies, executives in music companies taking risks if piracy is gone, "virtually no independent music industry" and the reason independent music is dying is because of... piracy?
Eh, let the assholes burn. Which assholes? RIAA assholes, and their bosses, the Big Four. And Hollywood - and with them, MPAA.
Though, I don't even care to pirate big business movies/music. I like independent stuff anyway, and I can buy high-quality DRM-free files online, no hassle. And somehow, whenever anyone there joins the RIAA/MPAA crusade, I somehow instantly stop being a customer. Hmm.
Good article. I'm pretty sure that soon there'll be mechanisms in place to make it very difficult to steal music, games and movies. When it becomes inconvenient, people will go back to supporting the companies that produce it, which will mean they can invest more in new talent and make more risks. A lot of the reason why there's virtually no independent music industry any more is because there is so much piracy - people literally cannot afford to start labels because everyone is stealing and nobody is buying.