That would mean that this generation won't have access to Avatar or the old Spongebob, and Phineas and Ferb would be stuck on television. In exchange, kids wouldn't have to watch...oh, wait, Netflix is on-demand. There's no reason that having something available on Netflix could ever be bad, since watching anything on it is completely voluntary. The only positive that I can see coming from Disney and Viacom completely cutting off Netflix is kids finding My Little Pony quicker, and that's a really weak silver lining.
"What I would suggest to anybody who visits websites like that is that their comments can be taken literally."
Wow, that's exactly the opposite of what I would suggest. I've never taken any Internet-based threats literally, and they've never turned out to be serious. That's a pretty good track record. How's your policy working out for you, Cullum?
A quick Google search isn't turning up anything on the FCC getting on FOX's ass about showing Mal's ass. Is there some reason that this seven seconds of naked butt is worse than Firefly's, aside from something arbitrary like "if it turns me on, it's porn"?
"If, in 20 years, there is no such thing as a political candidate without an embarrassing photo lurking online, then we can fairly assume society will not be so excitable about such photos"
I don't trust anyone who doesn't have embarrassing photos somewhere. They're hiding something. And any halfway savvy politician should be able to spin them similarly: having pictures of your alcohol-induced antics makes you a Man of the People.
"Now you're talking!! I like solutions. As users, we stop downloading illegal music."
"That's an insane, helpless solution, because it means we'd all have to figure out how to earn more money and have the self-control to not be tantalized by carrots (like free music) dangling in front of our faces."
Wait. You want me to give up free music too? I can't do that, I'd go broke before filling a quarter of my iPod! I'd much rather spend my money on video games, where the paid offerings are actually better than the free ones. Or were you under the impression that all free music is illegal, and your two requests are analogous? They aren't. Doing without free music is a much more restrictive policy than doing without illegal music. Between freely available Bandcamp albums and artists who just put their work directly on Mediafire, I only ever pay for music if I feel like supporting an artist, all within the bounds of the law and the artist's volition. Are you going to tell me that's stealing too?
Friends do still file share, though, but it's not stealing when they do it because friends don't charge friends for music. On the other hand, really good friends will get music from the Bandcamp link instead of the Mediafire one. It's a pretty lax environment overall, and that doesn't seem to be impeding its development.
So we couldn't, perhaps, characterize Cnut as demonstrating how arrogant people have to be to think they can hold back the tide? He commanded the tide to stop; the tide came in anyway. Regardless of his motivations for the command, the saying and its apparent originator mesh well enough, unless you're saying that one who tries to hold back the tide is to be considered pious.