loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: You had me at "we're fucked)
Thems the facts:

1. The US is in recession. So is the majority of Europe. China and many Arab countries have incredibly strict internet censorship. India seems to be a free agent. So this is your crowd: People who are mostly out of money but are huge consumers of culture in its many variants.

2. Cinema tickets have been on an incredibly steep rise for the past decade, in direct correlation with the plummeting of the economy. First it was sheer post-9/11 escapism, then it was 3D, now it's IMAX. In NYC, a ticket to see an IMAX 3D movie in peak time has already got to $20. If you think the outer areas are cheaper, you're right, but the average salary is lower too.

3. Television is also more expensive. Time Warner Cable offers a "basic" monthly cable plan in NY that starts at $80. That is without channels like HBO, Starz, Showtime and On Demand movies, not to mention subscriptions to specialized sports channels/events, or even pay-per-view. Don't even get me started on porn. And I don't know about you, but in my building, Time Warner has basically bribed the management company to give them exclusive rights to cable access. I've been given to understand that this has become a standard practice.

4. Technology is more expensive. We don't have to start discussing the wide profit margin Apple, LG, BlackBerry, HP and Dell make off their consumers, right? They all have essentially the same Chinese prison-plant making them their gadgets at a cost that is financially dirt cheap, but also treats people like dirt. I'm an Apple consumer. My hands are not clean. I'm merely stating facts.

5. File storage has become vital. Western Digital is making a fortune on physical storage, and domains, blog services, photobucket-like websites and actual storage websites like Megaupload all provide answers to the rapidly increasing demand in storing media and documents which accumulate beyond the average computer/tablet's memory.

So what are we looking at? We're looking at a global community which is groaning under the weight of its addiction to culture. But this is not a weight made by the addiction itself. It's made by the nature of power-hungry, greedy companies, looking to profit as much as possible from their consumers, and those consumers don't have as much money as they used to, if they ever did. And people who can afford everything are a very small percentage of the global community.

And so, like in every community that is hungry but cannot afford food its masters are selling it (oh yes, I'm aware of the Marxist undertones here), thieving spreads.

Another factor taken into account: We have just turned a technological corner from undigitized media. CDs are being discontinued. The era of DVDs and Blu-Ray will come to an end sooner rather than later. Storage is everything now. This is a mitigating factor in the greediness of big companies who create the media content, because the collapse of CDs was a lethal blow to record companies and their parent companies, who counted on charging as much as possible for their products (while essentially shutting the artists out of the profits).

So we are looking at a monster that is big, hungry and greedy for power and money, with a hand in every plate. We are looking at Cthulhu. And today, Cthulhu took down Megaupload.

Megaupload is probably likely to get heavily indicted. We all know that. We all know what we were funding. Allegedly, they did too, according to some released evidence. The problem is far deeper than Megaupload, though, because Megaupload was simply making a quick buck on creating ideal conditions for a widespread phenomenon of people who cannot afford to consume culture at today's prices, but want it nonetheless.

This is not going to stop. Media companies like Warner Brothers, Sony, Universal and Viacom will continue to create culture and ask for increasing prices for it. People will still not be able to afford those prices. Piracy will continue, because as long as companies don't recognize the need for balance, they will not get the results they want. And no unleashing of governmental dragons in form of laws or indictments will help them, or us, the consumers.

What a shithole.
loony_moony: (SPN: Jensen is alert)
Account of the weekend that was the Con of Win shall happen soon. :D

In the meantime, I offer you two ONTD things:

1. And finally the gossip sites catch Jensen in Vancouver airport, thereby proving JENSEN ACKLES IS NOT HUMAN. Who the fuck looks like THIS after a flight? Though truth be told, if this is how he looks when he feels like shit, I'm pretty sure sunglasses would be in order for any other time. HOW ARE YOU NOT BLIND, JARED. HOW.

Sidenote: I might've DIED OF LAUGHTER at his :OOOOOO face. That's because I'm an awful person. YAY!

2. Stephen Marche: Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men. Not all young straight women, of course, but many, if not most, of them

Dear Stephen Marche,

Not exactly. See, women (of ALL ages) get aroused from reading erotica, virtually as much as they do from visual erotic stimulation (i.e. porn and/or ASkars). That's why harlequins are a billion dollar industry, and men don't even bother reading the letters section at Penthouse*. Vampires represent a fantasy sub-genre in which repressed sexual desires are unleashed, fetish or no fetish, while at the same time being restrained. In short, vampires will do you all night, but you'll never have a dream life with them in the morning. That's why a) Edward Cullen is not really a vampire (but RPattz is revered as a sex god to teenaged girls and moms who can't distinguish between him and his character), and b) neither Anita Blake nor Sookie Stackhouse will ever be tied down. Because in their hearts of hearts, they don't actually want to end up with vampires for the rest of their lives.
Another fact you're missing: Homosexual sex to women is as lesbian sex is to men. We think it's hot. Really hot. It may or may not be the reason True Blood has actually played the gay card quite a few times by now.

So, to add it all up: Literary Erotica + gays + sex = SLASH FANFICTION, a 30-year-old phenomenon perpetuated mainly by women. Because we like to read/write/draw our favourite male characters as gay, just as you like to whack off to Angelina Jolie having sex with women onscreen.

But I do think you have a point with Edward Cullen, though, so let's call it, uh, not exactly even, but you have only mostly embarrassed yourself, instead of entirely.

Sniggering,

Moonay

PS: I, in fact, do enjoy watching Angelina Jolie having sex with women onscreen as well. But I'm bisexual, and therefore probably halfway between who you were so dumbly stereotyping, and someone you have absolutely no idea what to think about. Stay pretty, dude.

* I actually got to read the letters to Penthouse section years ago, and I'd like to say that some of the smut fics I've read could make those "letters" pale up, close their buttons and join a monastery in comparison. So there's that.

<3
loony_moony: (SPN: Jensen is alert)
Account of the weekend that was the Con of Win shall happen soon. :D

In the meantime, I offer you two ONTD things:

1. And finally the gossip sites catch Jensen in Vancouver airport, thereby proving JENSEN ACKLES IS NOT HUMAN. Who the fuck looks like THIS after a flight? Though truth be told, if this is how he looks when he feels like shit, I'm pretty sure sunglasses would be in order for any other time. HOW ARE YOU NOT BLIND, JARED. HOW.

Sidenote: I might've DIED OF LAUGHTER at his :OOOOOO face. That's because I'm an awful person. YAY!

2. Stephen Marche: Vampires have overwhelmed pop culture because young straight women want to have sex with gay men. Not all young straight women, of course, but many, if not most, of them

Dear Stephen Marche,

Not exactly. See, women (of ALL ages) get aroused from reading erotica, virtually as much as they do from visual erotic stimulation (i.e. porn and/or ASkars). That's why harlequins are a billion dollar industry, and men don't even bother reading the letters section at Penthouse*. Vampires represent a fantasy sub-genre in which repressed sexual desires are unleashed, fetish or no fetish, while at the same time being restrained. In short, vampires will do you all night, but you'll never have a dream life with them in the morning. That's why a) Edward Cullen is not really a vampire (but RPattz is revered as a sex god to teenaged girls and moms who can't distinguish between him and his character), and b) neither Anita Blake nor Sookie Stackhouse will ever be tied down. Because in their hearts of hearts, they don't actually want to end up with vampires for the rest of their lives.
Another fact you're missing: Homosexual sex to women is as lesbian sex is to men. We think it's hot. Really hot. It may or may not be the reason True Blood has actually played the gay card quite a few times by now.

So, to add it all up: Literary Erotica + gays + sex = SLASH FANFICTION, a 30-year-old phenomenon perpetuated mainly by women. Because we like to read/write/draw our favourite male characters as gay, just as you like to whack off to Angelina Jolie having sex with women onscreen.

But I do think you have a point with Edward Cullen, though, so let's call it, uh, not exactly even, but you have only mostly embarrassed yourself, instead of entirely.

Sniggering,

Moonay

PS: I, in fact, do enjoy watching Angelina Jolie having sex with women onscreen as well. But I'm bisexual, and therefore probably halfway between who you were so dumbly stereotyping, and someone you have absolutely no idea what to think about. Stay pretty, dude.

* I actually got to read the letters to Penthouse section years ago, and I'd like to say that some of the smut fics I've read could make those "letters" pale up, close their buttons and join a monastery in comparison. So there's that.

<3
loony_moony: (SPN: Supernatural - the musical!)
You know what I find hilarious?

That Dean Winchester is so obviously a better dancer than Jensen Ackles.
loony_moony: (SPN: Supernatural - the musical!)
You know what I find hilarious?

That Dean Winchester is so obviously a better dancer than Jensen Ackles.

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