One of the reasons I don’t get the Evils of Piracy thing is because “supporting the artists” falls apart under basically any scrutiny. Like. Maybe this is just because I’ve never had a HUGE amount of money, but I’ve gotten a lot of stuff from second hand stores, used book sales, yard sales, that kinda thing. And when you’re buying a stack of records from a used music sale, or a bunch of cds from the 90s from some guy on the street, you’re not “supporting the artists.” But that action is ok, because you’re still going through this ritualized motion of moving physical objects around in space–move cash objects in one direction, move records in another, make them exchange places, wow, how magical. From the standpoint of “supporting the artist” it’s a meaningless action though.
And that’s of course why we’re seeing this move toward rentals as the way in which we engage art–art is leased to us, not owned by us. That’s why Apple can and will destroy your entire music collection then basically lend it to you as long as you subscribe to their service.
But that’s a technological development. What we haven’t seen is a moral crusade against yard sales. And the fact that we haven’t really demonstrates how hollow the moral argument is. If it was truly a moral issue there would be consistency in the crusade. But it’s not a moral issue. It’s not an ethical issue. It’s an issue of capitalism being broken.
I had such a cool dream last night. I dreamed I was a pirate. :D but not just any pirate. A space pirate, with a bad ass ship and I got to travel the galaxy attacking other ships. I don’t really remember much else accept the feeling of being a space pirate and having a sword and laser gun in my other hand and I remember seeing some galaxies. Man do I ever have interesting dreams lol.
There’s something really appalling about posts that give this hyper specific advice on how to “properly” watch a show on a dvr or whatever so that you can provide the most meaningful ratings numbers like it’s such a fantastic example of the way capital transforms every form of leisure into another form of labor. There’s something really sickening about seeing fans buying into this practice completely though. What happened to piracy as an ideal of the Internet?