The Most Anti-Tech Organizations… Or Just The Most Misguided?
from the vote-for-the-latter dept
PC World is running a bit of a linkbait article about “The Most Anti-Tech Organizations in America.” Nothing on the list is really likely to surprise you. It starts off (of course) with the RIAA and the MPAA. Somehow the BSA gets something of a pass, even though it’s nearly as bad. Perhaps because it represents software companies it’s not considered “anti-tech.” The big telcos amazingly make the list twice (now that’s impressive). Actually, AT&T and Verizon sort of make the list three times, if you include their wireless subsidiaries who make the list as well. Then there’s big pharma, who makes the list for standing in the way of any kind of useful patent reform. Amusingly, the only “small” organization to make the list is the “think tank” the Progress and Freedom Foundation, with whom we’ve had our differences.
While the list does comprise the standard list of organizations many techies have learned to hate, it’s really sad to think of how this has shaped up. Too many in the industry still like to think of it as being an “us” vs. “them” situation, where if one side loses, the other side wins. But that’s not actually the case. In almost every case, each of the companies listed in the article should be pro-technology and should be embracing technology. If they did, they’d discover things wouldn’t be as grim as it is right now. Just imagine if the record labels hadn’t followed Doug Morris and Edgar Bronfman Jr. to war with its biggest fans, and instead had embraced technology. They could be thriving today like the rest of the music industry, reveling in the biggest burst of new music in history, combined with faster, better, cheaper and more efficient means of promotion and distribution. Instead, the record labels who fought technology are shrinking fast and blaming everyone but their own misguided leadership. The same is true of almost every one on the PC World list. If each simply learned how to embrace technology, they’d discover that they’d actually be in better shape with larger markets and happier customers. Instead, they find themselves fighting with customers and begging for regulatory help to protect old business models. This isn’t a situation where they should be “anti-technology.” All of these firms should be pro-technology for their own good.