Home Cooking Is Killing The Restaurant Industry!

from the something-must-be-done dept

For many years, whenever people insisted that the ability to download movies would kill the movie business — including the box office revenues — we’ve made the analogy that just because people can prepare food at home (for much lower cost!) it hasn’t changed the fact that sometimes people still go out to dinner. It’s an apt analogy. People go out to dinner for a variety of reasons, despite cheaper (and potentially healthier) fare at home. Basically the overall experience makes it worthwhile as a social experience. That applies equally to movies and eating out. I was reminded of this recently. A whole bunch of you sent over Gizmodo’s post about the old Dead Kennedys cassette tape mocking “Home Taping is Killing Music” by leaving the second side blank so “you can help”:

This image (or a similar one) shows up every couple of years and makes the blog rounds. So, at first I wasn’t going to bother posting it, but then the Freakbits guys pointed me to various “offshoot” slogans and images, including the following one that’s so good it needs to be shared widely:
Yes, folks, home cooking is killing the restaurant industry. Why won’t Congress and the USTR deal with this pernicious problem?

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Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Yeah!

“Yes, folks, home cooking is killing the restaurant industry. Why won’t Congress and the USTR deal with this pernicious problem?”

Hell yeah! And let’s not forget those that are REALLY responsible. Yes, I’m talking about that most evil person who hides behind that age old lie, “But I’m not DOING the home cooking, I’m just SHOWING them how!”

Yes, folks, I’m talking about Martha Stewart and Rachel Ray….oh, and that goofy guy that just randomly yells BAM! at people. Can you imagine how much less delicious home cooking would threaten our very way of life if these women, these evil, vile cookerists weren’t plagueing us with their garbage?

Which is why we are introducing a new bill, US Bill: Return Eating To American Restaurants, Dammit, otherwise known as RETARD. Included in the language of RETARD supporters everywhere is 3rd party culpability placed on this crocheting Martha Stewart, this Rachel Ray with here nonsense about Dunkin Donuts coffee being good, and….christ, what was the BAM! guys name again? It doesn’t matter, RETARD will take him down too!

And here’s the key: we can grow the restaurant business everywhere! All we the US Trade Org. has to do is make this an international treaty / executive order! That way we can make sure that our trade partners are every bit as RETARDed as we are!

You mark my words. RETARDs will have their day. In the meantime, I’ve got a lovely cut of bacon on the stove….

Marcus Carab (profile) says:

Re: Re: Yeah!

Actually you’re wrong: the levy is on non-stick cooking implements only, and makes up 90% of their cost. As such it is completely legal for us to make home-cooked meals using a Teflon saucepan, but if we do so using stainless steel, cast iron or aluminum then we could be in trouble, since those tools don’t have levees on them.

It is not yet clear whether it’s okay to use stainless steel during the process so long as we serve our meal from a non-stick. That’s for the courts to decide.

MBraedley (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Yeah!

There’s also pressure from various US lobby groups to plug the “wooden hole” and force everyone to upgrade to silicon cooking utensils. Even though wooden utensils are sometimes grainy and usually technically inferior to their silicon (or even plastic) counterparts, many people still rely on them during their daily cooking.

Anonymous Coward says:

The whole concept of “synchro dubbing” was created to allow copying cassette tapes. I’m amazed the RIAA never sued Sony or JVC or whoever came up with that concept. At one time probably half my tape collection were pirated from somebody else’s. But I will reiterate the concept that piracy isn’t always bad: a buddy of mine made a copy of Depeche Mode’s “Music for the Masses” for me. Within a year I had most of their albums on cassette and later when I converted to CD I got pretty much their entire catalogue. So had I not pirated the tape I never would have bought all their albums.

drawoC suomynonA says:

Re: Re:

I think what you’re missing here is that “syncro dubbing” would not allow a person to have mass distribution of the work. Dubbed cassettes, if sold at all, were relegated to swap-meets and flea markets. I think that RIAA realized that dubbed cassettes were no threat to the genuine article due to quality and limited distribution.
Fast forward 20 years.
Now we have a means where a single person, with a single copy of a work, can pass exact copies to every other person in the world. That’s what has them scared. RIAA has not figured out how to give an incentive to buy. And since there is no real reason to buy any more, many people don’t.

nasch (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Reason to buy …

If you don’t then your musical taste will not be catered for in future.

Uh, logic fail. Whether I buy music or not doesn’t affect who makes music that I like – since I can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars a year on music, and that, at a minimum, is what it would take for me to have such an effect. Either there are bands out there making music I like, or there are not (there are).

There are reasons to buy things, and IMO even reasons to buy things that could be had for free, but the idea that there won’t be any music I like if I don’t is not one of them.

setaside (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: Re:

Reason to buy …

If you don’t then your musical taste will not be catered for in future.

You’re not implying that musicians only make music to make money are you? That if a musician doesn’t make any money off of the music he creates then he will just stop making music (or at least that style of music)? I’d wager that the vast majority of musicians make music solely for the love of it. I want as many people as possible to listen to, and hopefully enjoy, what I create because I love what I do. I don’t sit in my practice space with my bandmates pouring over the latest demographic information for our target audience so that we can carefully craft the next hit. I make the music I do because it’s what comes naturally.

I know this is somewhat off topic but I felt the need to address that particular comment. There is a virtually limitless wealth of music out there. Certain genres or styles may become more difficult to find because the music industry doesn’t deem it popular anymore so they don’t push it into your face 24/7 but it’s there.

Chupathingy says:

Re: another thing...

Exactly!

When will that evil institution wake up and give the customers what they really want!! It’s because the industry won’t wake up and CtF/RtB that it’s doing so poorly.

THIS is why so many customers are turning to the brothels for what they need! No amount of restrictive DRM like “vows” will keep customers tied to an industry that that just won’t deliver what the customers want!

fogbugzd (profile) says:

I wish you guys would stop giving the various industries ideas. It has been pretty obvious for a long time that a total ignorance of economics and marketing was a prerequisite for becoming a modern CEO. However, a lesser know qualification is being totally humor challenged. CEO’s are not likely to recognize sarcasm unless you are using the $1.99 sarcasm flag.

The various industries you mentioned are at this very moment buying another congressman and preparing press releases that will be published without question in prestigious newspapers around the country.

NAMELESS.ONE says:

@Alex Hagen

WRONG. ITS about as DEAD on as a YOU can get. ONLY
a RETARD would not see the value in it and the truth in it.

ONLY a retard got it. YOU figure out what i’m saying?
HE is showing the absudity of what and how the copyright industries are in fact there own worst enemies by making such RETARDed wishes and CLAIMS —>( Clueless Lawsuits And Idiot Mainstream Suits )

let teh anagrams BEGIN

NAMELESS.ONE says:

GO add on to it now

OH and when you see and actor or musician just gigle and point and snicker YOUR a R.E.T.A.R.D aren’t you?

haha
make sure you of course are carrying a baseball bat and a baseball ( the ball to indicate you really are going to play baseball not wack a M.O.L.E )
MOLE= ( Musician on levy Entitlements )

kantill says:

Well they can't stop home cooking......

Well they can’t stop home cooking but but they can add some DRM that says the food isn’t really yours. You merely only have a license to digest it at that time but it could be taken away with notice. Also if the server the gave out the DRM was to shut down you can only look at the food. More importantly is the fact you can’t share the food with anybody!!!!! that would be stealing.

Terry (profile) says:

Infinite material

Grand prize goes to Simon for noticing that marital sex is killing the brothel industry. But there’s an infinite supply:

We already know that libraries are the biggest copyright infringers and are killing the publishing business.

Camcorders are killing the movie industry.

Toothpaste is killing the dental industry.

Apples are killing the doctor industry.

Homes are killing the hotel industry.

Going to work is killing the welfare and government dependency industry.

The humor in this column is killing the comic industry (or not).

vastrightwing (profile) says:

Stop home farming!

After watching Food Inc., it seems to me that personal farming will be illegal soon. You will be infringing on Monsanto patents, not to mention killing poor farmers who won’t sell farm products and finally the restaurant industry when you cook your own grown food. No, this isn’t going to end well.

I picture the NSA scanning millions of HiRes satellite images looking for small growing fields of fruits and vegetables and sending in SWAT teams with RoundUp, oops, I mean shovels to dig up the small plots of land, then taking away your house because the land it’s on was used to illegally grow food. Fertile imagination?

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Stop home farming!

SWAT teams with RoundUp, oops, I mean shovels to dig up the small plots of land, then taking away your house because the land it’s on was used to illegally grow food. Fertile imagination?

Next you’ll be dreaming up scenarios where they’re doing that to people who grow their own “herbs” too. Get real. That could never happen in the land of freedom.

Dark Helmet (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re: The New Analogy

“Learn new things every day at Techdirt.

First off, it’s Thursday around noon, and Hitler’s posterboy is drinking Irish Whiskey instead of Hefeweizen.

*facepalm*”

Facepalm indeed. Couple of questions:

1. Is it Thursday around noon everywhere?
2. Did I say I was drinking my Irish whiskey now?
3. Honestly, Hitler’s posterboy? What in the sweet hell did I ever say that gave you THAT impression? I’m about as antiprejudicial as it gets, friend….

well says:

All store-bought food is soon to be equipped with DRM (deliciousness rights management).
the packaging will be covered in FBI warnings, and be mixed with at least 5% dogshit at the cash register to ensure that no-one touches it.

Of course shoplifters won’t have that problem, but its hardly the fault of the store if their mixing dogshit with donuts causes all of their customers to suddenly start wanting “stolen” dogshit-free donuts is it?

Joe Consumer of Foodstuffs (profile) says:

A better analogy than I thought.

At first I was a little skeptical of comparing cooking at home to restauants, but then I thought a little bit about it:

-There is a community of content creators (cooks and chefs).
– They create works for the actual consumption of the public.
– At home, one is capable of creating their own tasty content.
– Worst of all there is a network of information available to most that can allow people at home to not only create their own content, but often the same content! (cookbooks and recipe sharing websites)
– In a 2005 study 60% of restaurants fail within three years.

Coincidence? I think not!

Let the discussion on CwF + RtB for restauranteurs commence!

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re:

how is that a rebuttal?

you go to a theater to watch something someone else made.

you go to a restaurant to eat something someone else made.

if you don’t want to go to a restaurant, you can stay home and cook (where “you” make what you want to consume).

but if you don’t want to go to a theater, do you create your content? you still buy someone else’s creation, which is why this analogy is flawed.

if theater = restaurants, then watching at home = eating takeaway food at home, not cooking at home.

Gene Cavanaugh (profile) says:

Home Cooking killing restaurants

Great work, Mike.
If the restaurant business would adapt, the “problem” would tend to go away.
My wife and I like to eat out, but because it is almost impossible to find out what you are being fed (and when you are told, you can’t always trust it, because it is oral, and the restaurant cannot be held to what they say), we now eat at home.
On those rare occasions where we find a restaurant that will commit IN WRITING to what they are feeding us, we will consider eating there, but they normally use massive amounts of salt or MSG or other “unfriendly” additives.
I think as people realize how much they are being “poisoned”, the trend may be to do the same thing we do.

peopleagainstheft (profile) says:

fun but stupid

Typical argument – state a premise that the other side actually wouldn’t make, and then attack your own premise as stupid. In fact, artists are saying “if you want to make movies at home, great! If you want to start your own restaurant, great! Just don’t ask me to do all the work for you and then claim you have a right to what I did! You didn’t slave away in the kitchen – you’re just stealing food and telling me i should be happy.”

The movie industry is saying don’t take food from restaurants without paying for it.

Should chefs work for free? (you aren’t saying that chefs are only in it for the money are you??) Or do you just have the superceding “right” to have someone make your dinner for you? If you don’t like the terms to watch movies, then go out and make one of your own.

peopleagainstheft (profile) says:

fun but stupid

Typical argument – state a premise that the other side actually wouldn’t make, and then attack your own premise as stupid. In fact, artists are saying “if you want to make movies at home, great! If you want to start your own restaurant, great! Just don’t ask me to do all the work for you and then claim you have a right to what I did! You didn’t slave away in the kitchen – you’re just stealing food and telling me i should be happy.”

The movie industry is saying don’t take food from restaurants without paying for it.

Should chefs work for free? (you aren’t saying that chefs are only in it for the money are you??) Or do you just have the superceding “right” to have someone make your dinner for you? If you don’t like the terms to watch movies, then go out and make one of your own.

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