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.

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )

And...goth

Feb. 7th, 2011 02:13 am
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean has a hole in his soul)
Disclaimer: I haven't read the books.

I just instant-Netflixed 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' )
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean is a tease)
Have you seen [livejournal.com profile] maichan808's AWESOME CRACKY PICSPAM? BECAUSE YOU REALLY SHOULD.

It has inspired me to do a picspam of my own, mainly of nonsense and bad jokes. NONSENSE AND BAD JOKES. :D



NOT FOR THE FAINT OF DIAL-UPS )
loony_moony: (SPN: Dean is a tease)
Have you seen [livejournal.com profile] maichan808's AWESOME CRACKY PICSPAM? BECAUSE YOU REALLY SHOULD.

It has inspired me to do a picspam of my own, mainly of nonsense and bad jokes. NONSENSE AND BAD JOKES. :D



NOT FOR THE FAINT OF DIAL-UPS )
loony_moony: (NMTB: Noel has a magical hat)
My official list of Favourite Shows Currently Running:

Community - It's just SO SHINY. So smart and funny and touching, even when I'm sorta tired of Jeff Wenger. Though I heartily believe it's the new "Scrubs", I don't think Joel McHale is quite as charming as Zack Braff used to be.

Supernatural - It's...on the way out of this list tbh. I'm hardly the only person on my flist who feels this way, I know. I can't quite muster the unironic squee I used to have for it, and my levels of disdain for Jared Padalecki as a person are beginning to take over my affection for Sam Winchester. Idk. There's a longer post waiting to be written about this, but those are my initial observations.

True Blood - It's still my official summer crack, and I think it's wholly redeemable if they just start cutting out some of the boring storylines and/or characters. Plus, Eric Northman, Lafayette and Pam are still three of the most fun characters on television, and I love the books.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks - OH, BRITISH SNARK. Even with the cringe-worthy parade game they insist on keeping, it's still incredibly entertaining. Plus, Noel Fielding = YES PLEASE.

The Daily Show - JOOOOOOOOOOOON. That is all. :D

The Late Late Show - Craig Ferguson, I've come to realize, has made a perfect amalgamation of British and American late night formats. He's just the right amount of silly, laid back and serious. Plus, HE'S MY SCOTTISH UNF. Never leave your show omg Craig. <3333333

30 Rock - It's been coming slowly but surely. Tina Fey FTW!


Shows That Almost Make Afrementioned List:

Leverage - I seriously just need to catch up on it. I still adore it lots and lots.

The Big Bang Theory - Jim Parsons is still the funniest.

GLEE - Ack. Um, I only care about Kurt at this point? I sorta got tired of all the musical numbers and I pretty much detest any reason to have Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison on my television.

The Colbert Report - It's just that I don't quite want to watch it every night. Every couple of nights, sure!


Shows I Wish Existed So I Could Name Them My Favourites:

Jensen's Hour of Facepalm - Jensen Ackles on the many many things that make him facepalm, and us laugh and laugh. Schaaaaaaadenfreude! :D

Misha's Meditations - Misha Collins reminiscing over the many uses of pony blood, running crazy amounts and why his son has his own custom made fake mustache at the tender age of FETUS.

The Hardy Party - Tom Hardy sitting, being luscious. Tom Hardy talking like he writes, while being luscious. Sometimes P-Nut has his own corner on life advice for the newly rehabbed, as well as exercises that make your ass look like two ripe, hard melons, which Tom Hardy demonstrates in his underwear.
loony_moony: (NMTB: Noel has a magical hat)
My official list of Favourite Shows Currently Running:

Community - It's just SO SHINY. So smart and funny and touching, even when I'm sorta tired of Jeff Wenger. Though I heartily believe it's the new "Scrubs", I don't think Joel McHale is quite as charming as Zack Braff used to be.

Supernatural - It's...on the way out of this list tbh. I'm hardly the only person on my flist who feels this way, I know. I can't quite muster the unironic squee I used to have for it, and my levels of disdain for Jared Padalecki as a person are beginning to take over my affection for Sam Winchester. Idk. There's a longer post waiting to be written about this, but those are my initial observations.

True Blood - It's still my official summer crack, and I think it's wholly redeemable if they just start cutting out some of the boring storylines and/or characters. Plus, Eric Northman, Lafayette and Pam are still three of the most fun characters on television, and I love the books.

Never Mind the Buzzcocks - OH, BRITISH SNARK. Even with the cringe-worthy parade game they insist on keeping, it's still incredibly entertaining. Plus, Noel Fielding = YES PLEASE.

The Daily Show - JOOOOOOOOOOOON. That is all. :D

The Late Late Show - Craig Ferguson, I've come to realize, has made a perfect amalgamation of British and American late night formats. He's just the right amount of silly, laid back and serious. Plus, HE'S MY SCOTTISH UNF. Never leave your show omg Craig. <3333333

30 Rock - It's been coming slowly but surely. Tina Fey FTW!


Shows That Almost Make Afrementioned List:

Leverage - I seriously just need to catch up on it. I still adore it lots and lots.

The Big Bang Theory - Jim Parsons is still the funniest.

GLEE - Ack. Um, I only care about Kurt at this point? I sorta got tired of all the musical numbers and I pretty much detest any reason to have Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison on my television.

The Colbert Report - It's just that I don't quite want to watch it every night. Every couple of nights, sure!


Shows I Wish Existed So I Could Name Them My Favourites:

Jensen's Hour of Facepalm - Jensen Ackles on the many many things that make him facepalm, and us laugh and laugh. Schaaaaaaadenfreude! :D

Misha's Meditations - Misha Collins reminiscing over the many uses of pony blood, running crazy amounts and why his son has his own custom made fake mustache at the tender age of FETUS.

The Hardy Party - Tom Hardy sitting, being luscious. Tom Hardy talking like he writes, while being luscious. Sometimes P-Nut has his own corner on life advice for the newly rehabbed, as well as exercises that make your ass look like two ripe, hard melons, which Tom Hardy demonstrates in his underwear.
loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: Ice cone Jon)
NEWSFLASH: I LOVE JON STEWART

MOAR NEWSFLASH: Jon Stewart came on Oprah this week.

AND I HAVE THE YOUTUBES. :D

Say hello everybody to JON STEEEEEWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAART! )

Jon Stewart thanks you for your time. :D

loony_moony: (Jon Stewart: Ice cone Jon)
NEWSFLASH: I LOVE JON STEWART

MOAR NEWSFLASH: Jon Stewart came on Oprah this week.

AND I HAVE THE YOUTUBES. :D

Say hello everybody to JON STEEEEEWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAART! )

Jon Stewart thanks you for your time. :D

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