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: (Inception: Arthur feels feelings)
It's Erev Yom Kippur right now in NY. For those not familiar with Jewish customs, it means Yom Kippur has started, as Jewish holidays always go from sunset to sunset. It also happens to be a Friday, which means this Yom Kippur falls on a Sabbath, making it doubly special (and holy to many).

I'm not observing Yom Kippur this year, but I would like to extend an apology to all those I've hurt this past year and ask for their forgiveness. The internet is a very cold place sometimes, where people (myself included) are prone to hurting others much more quickly than they would face-to-face.

It has been quite a sad week. Two beloved pets of my loved ones have died quite unexpectedly, which caused much grief. Then Steve Jobs died and the whole world, really, has fallen into grief. There is something to be said for someone who has inadvertently touched the lives of almost every single soul in the world with his inventions.

In any case, I'm feeling the gravity of this day weighing on my soul, so even though I was planning to do a picspam, I'll delay it till Sunday.

Much love to you all. <3

loony_moony: (TITC: Richmond's Epic Glance)
There is SO MUCH AWFULNESS going on in the world right now, from murdered kids to dead geniuses to killer heat waves. My deepest condolences to all hurting.

I have thus decided to try and make some people smile just a little, so here is a teeny five happier (fandom-y) things picspam (warning for gifs) )
loony_moony: (TITC: Richmond's Epic Glance)
There is SO MUCH AWFULNESS going on in the world right now, from murdered kids to dead geniuses to killer heat waves. My deepest condolences to all hurting.

I have thus decided to try and make some people smile just a little, so here is a teeny five happier (fandom-y) things picspam (warning for gifs) )
loony_moony: (SPN: The Sounds of Awesome)
MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL IS PASSED IN NEW YORK!!!


\\\\OOOO////!!!




YES THERE'S MORE \O/ IN HERE AND IT WILL KILL YOUR DIAL-UP :D :D :D )
loony_moony: (SPN: The Sounds of Awesome)
MARRIAGE EQUALITY BILL IS PASSED IN NEW YORK!!!


\\\\OOOO////!!!




YES THERE'S MORE \O/ IN HERE AND IT WILL KILL YOUR DIAL-UP :D :D :D )

HEY.

Apr. 8th, 2011 07:48 pm
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: What is this fuckery)
HOUSE REPUBLICANS.



That is all.

HEY.

Apr. 8th, 2011 07:48 pm
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: What is this fuckery)
HOUSE REPUBLICANS.



That is all.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: Ice cone Jon)
Are you worried about Egypt? I'm worried about Egypt. 80 million angry Arabs is nothing to snigger at. Especially 80 million angry Arabs under a corrupt regime for 30 years who decide to topple it during the age of Al-Qaeda. But this is a really good place to start reading up on what's happening plus news updates. Seems to be quiet at the moment, but that's pretty much because people are asleep.

And now for something completely different.

Reason #944849584053459 why I love Craig Ferguson:



Btw, the CW still sucks as a network, if only for the reason they've decided to air a re-run of Vampire Diaries instead of new SPN. (Although it does seem SPN fandom got its revenge...) You know, the Vampire Diaries, the show they're trying to sell with the campaign: "Catch VD" and "Got Wood?". YEAH, THAT NETWORK. Did someone ever try to "Christo" Dawn Ostroff? I'm just asking!
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: Ice cone Jon)
Are you worried about Egypt? I'm worried about Egypt. 80 million angry Arabs is nothing to snigger at. Especially 80 million angry Arabs under a corrupt regime for 30 years who decide to topple it during the age of Al-Qaeda. But this is a really good place to start reading up on what's happening plus news updates. Seems to be quiet at the moment, but that's pretty much because people are asleep.

And now for something completely different.

Reason #944849584053459 why I love Craig Ferguson:



Btw, the CW still sucks as a network, if only for the reason they've decided to air a re-run of Vampire Diaries instead of new SPN. (Although it does seem SPN fandom got its revenge...) You know, the Vampire Diaries, the show they're trying to sell with the campaign: "Catch VD" and "Got Wood?". YEAH, THAT NETWORK. Did someone ever try to "Christo" Dawn Ostroff? I'm just asking!
loony_moony: (TB: God hates fangs)
Tomorrow I can bitch about how "The Hobbit" will be filmed in 3D.

1. Tim Gunn makes a PSA for 'It Gets Better', talks about his own suicide attempt as a gay teen.

Oh, Tim Gunn. ♥ The love I have for you. Moreover, if you go down the comments section, someone embedded a Larry King video where he hosts a forum of gay celebs and icons (Gunn among them), talking about the recent escalation in anti-gay bullying and the suicides.

2. The Jewish Standard drops same-sex wedding notifications in its weddings section, to the outrage of many readers.

I'm not a reader of this paper, but let me tell you, if someone rants at you in Yiddisch about your homophobia and discrimination, you should listen.

3. Horrifying homophobic newspaper cover in Uganda leaks names of '100 top homos', tells to hang them.

File that under "monsters! not just at your neighborhood!". Tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.

4. Spirit Day

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




Oy vey, people. Oy vey.
loony_moony: (TB: God hates fangs)
Tomorrow I can bitch about how "The Hobbit" will be filmed in 3D.

1. Tim Gunn makes a PSA for 'It Gets Better', talks about his own suicide attempt as a gay teen.

Oh, Tim Gunn. ♥ The love I have for you. Moreover, if you go down the comments section, someone embedded a Larry King video where he hosts a forum of gay celebs and icons (Gunn among them), talking about the recent escalation in anti-gay bullying and the suicides.

2. The Jewish Standard drops same-sex wedding notifications in its weddings section, to the outrage of many readers.

I'm not a reader of this paper, but let me tell you, if someone rants at you in Yiddisch about your homophobia and discrimination, you should listen.

3. Horrifying homophobic newspaper cover in Uganda leaks names of '100 top homos', tells to hang them.

File that under "monsters! not just at your neighborhood!". Tip of the iceberg, I'm sure.

4. Spirit Day

Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] neo_prodigy at Spirit Day
 


It’s been decided. On October 20th, 2010, we will wear purple in honor of the 6 gay boys who committed suicide in recent weeks/months due to homophobic abuse in their homes at at their schools. Purple represents Spirit on the LGBTQ flag and that’s exactly what we’d like all of you to have with you: spirit. Please know that times will get better and that you will meet people who will love you and respect you for who you are, no matter your sexuality. Please wear purple on October 20th. Tell your friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and schools.

RIP Tyler Clementi, Seth Walsh (top)
RIP Justin Aaberg, Raymond Chase (middle)
RIP Asher Brown and Billy Lucas. (bottom)

REBLOG to spread a message of love, unity and peace.




Oy vey, people. Oy vey.
loony_moony: (Shining in the dark waters)
People were jumping from the Towers.

I don't think anything struck me quite as much as those particular images, 9 years ago. The roughly 200 people who went to work on the morning on 9/11/01 and ended up jumping from the Towers were, in all likelihood, not suicidal.
But they were jumping from the Towers to certain death, because it was either that, or being crushed to death by tons and tons of melted steel.

So yeah, people were jumping from the Towers.

I don't think those images will ever go away.
loony_moony: (Shining in the dark waters)
People were jumping from the Towers.

I don't think anything struck me quite as much as those particular images, 9 years ago. The roughly 200 people who went to work on the morning on 9/11/01 and ended up jumping from the Towers were, in all likelihood, not suicidal.
But they were jumping from the Towers to certain death, because it was either that, or being crushed to death by tons and tons of melted steel.

So yeah, people were jumping from the Towers.

I don't think those images will ever go away.
loony_moony: (HP: Talk to the hand)
I am referring, of course, to my initial reaction to "Out of the Past", which I had the luck to almost fall asleep to several times tonight.

But nevermind that.

1. Chris Evans is confirmed as Captain America.

Natch. I don't hate Chris Evans, but he's certainly not my cup of superhero. Here's hoping he can match up to RDJ's...let's say bellybutton.

2. Wow, Glenn Beck really is an IDIOT.

"HOW DARE THIS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST LOOK LIKE ONE OF THEM CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS!"

3. Rhys Ifans has the most gauche take on Harry Potter I've ever heard.

No seriously. It's like being SURPRISE!jackhammered.

4. It's criticism of 'Twilight' from the writing style point of view, and I'm pretty much dying of laughter here.

Sample point: And like I said, I don't understand why parts of it are written like Ye Olde Magick Tale, like it's written by an ancient professor. But the content is still very immature. It's like, "Nigh on two weeks ago, yea did I have pizza." There's no distance from teenagerhood in perspective, but there is in tone.
loony_moony: (HP: Talk to the hand)
I am referring, of course, to my initial reaction to "Out of the Past", which I had the luck to almost fall asleep to several times tonight.

But nevermind that.

1. Chris Evans is confirmed as Captain America.

Natch. I don't hate Chris Evans, but he's certainly not my cup of superhero. Here's hoping he can match up to RDJ's...let's say bellybutton.

2. Wow, Glenn Beck really is an IDIOT.

"HOW DARE THIS CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST LOOK LIKE ONE OF THEM CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVISTS!"

3. Rhys Ifans has the most gauche take on Harry Potter I've ever heard.

No seriously. It's like being SURPRISE!jackhammered.

4. It's criticism of 'Twilight' from the writing style point of view, and I'm pretty much dying of laughter here.

Sample point: And like I said, I don't understand why parts of it are written like Ye Olde Magick Tale, like it's written by an ancient professor. But the content is still very immature. It's like, "Nigh on two weeks ago, yea did I have pizza." There's no distance from teenagerhood in perspective, but there is in tone.

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