Sort of reminds me how important the internet really is. While the physical world would hardly take notice of such fantastic political art created and distributed on the web, the transition into the physical world causes general craziness to take hold of certain people.
It *is* important if it's on the web, but that is mostly preaching to the choir. It seems that political art about technology is more effective when physical. Wonder how long that will last?
My reaction to that line in the article was simply that it was a bit unfair. I mean, really, how could the music industry have known that PC's would dominate, hard drives would exponentially grow in size and lower in cost, copying & compression would be simplified for teenagers, and we'd share bits and bytes from the comfort of our cushions with complete strangers internationally at dizzying speeds.
I'm not saying the industry has been *smart* about much, but I don't see how they could have predicted the past 30 years with any accuracy (and I wouldn't want the transition to digital changed if they could have predicted all this).
The real issue is their insistence that the digital reality somehow play by physical rules. That misses all the benefits and opportunities that make my mother say "It's the Jetsons" in disbelief about video chat, while penalizing an entire generation for being excited by--and interfacing with--21st century realities.
The history is nice--and I'm glad they didn't see it coming--I'm just not sure how they could have.