Jan. 21st, 2012

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I saw this on someone's friend's list.



Their basic opinion of it is that this hurts not just the big guys, but the little guys who produce the content too. Personally, I think it just won't work period.

Why? Because people don't give a shit about others.

Case in point: remember Napster? When Metallica condemned Napster and even threatened to basically give the middle finger to everyone who used it? Do you remember the people who were up in arms in anger over how a band that started its days paved by tapes that their fans passed to each other was now pissed that people were doing the same thing electronically? Do you also remember the people who gave a shit?

Of course you don't, because the people who think Metallica are good don't care and still listen to them. And yes, they'll download their music anyway, but they don't care. You see, most people like to think only for their own enjoyment. Metallica still thrives to this day, and their fandom is as strong as it always was despite their hypocritical douchebaggery. Of course, now they probably love MP3s since it means millions made via iTunes.

Here's another one. Do you remember when people were told to boycott gasoline for a day? That didn't really do much though, did it? Gasoline prices are still going up, and people still live with that fact.

In comparison, let's think of Bank of America's credit card issue. The credit card effected everyone because everyone was going to pay a $5 monthly fee immediately once it came out. The reaction was so sharp that Bank of America even backed out despite how vehement they were towards holding on to the issue.

You see, the difference between these two issues is fairly key: the difference is long term problems versus short term. The general populace only thinks of the short term problems and the consequences of today rather than tomorrow. They also don't think of abstaining for a long period of time. It's why people have talked about environmental issues around here for decades yet our country still doesn't try to abide to the Kyoto Protocol.

Sadly, I know this won't work because I've seen the sort of people who don't give a shit about this. I've lived with them in college and outside of New York. They think either:

a. It doesn't matter because God/president/whoever-the-hell-else will fix it for them

b. It doesn't matter because they won't live long enough to face the consequences

c. It doesn't matter because it's all some bullshit made up by a doomsayer

There is a name for people like this; they're called regular people. While LJ has the ability to gather folks who are more intelligent and considerate of movements, they represent a portion of the world that doesn't think always of themselves. They're idealists, and according to the Kiersey, folks who have that kind of motivation to care aren't that common!

Perhaps if this boycott doesn't effect you anyway then you can do it anyway, not unlike the Facebook "change your icon in December" hoax. In this case, though, nothing will change, not unless you convince the regular people who give a shit about things like this.

Finally, if you are worried about the content makers getting the shaft, you can also consider other avenues:

-Visit their shows and exhibits locally. Hell, buy the CDs off them directly: it's better that way anyway since they get more money that way.
-Recycle entertainment by buying used. If you're worried about it being new, then try to aim towards stuff not made within the last few years.

I really don't see this changing anything, but I hope I'm wrong for their sake. Maybe like Egypt, people will finally give a shit. Maybe the masses will finally tweet together their rally points to make something out of this and remind others the dangers of what is going on and I can eat crow. Chances are though that nothing will happen, the RIAA will continue to laugh in their moneybaths, and folks like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber will not really care about losing maybe 8% of their take since the rest of the year will make up for it.

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