Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

from the little-pink-comments dept

This week, both of the top insightful comments come from my response to John Mellencamp's screed about the "apathy" of the entertainment industry in the face of piracy. JWW took first place with a comment that, apart from mistaking me for Mike, laid out the basic facts:

Its quite simple.

The Internet >> the recorded music industry

Basically the internet is way way way more important to mankind and human communications and the distribution of ideas than whether people get paid via some old school system (which Mike correctly notes looks more like indentured servitude than the net does).

So what we're left with is that fact that artists damn well better learn how to use this fantastic new distribution, advertising, promotional, connection tool that is the internet to build careers that work for today, not the 1950's.

Not far behind we've got Gwiz, responding directly to Mellencamp's description of the internet as "the new delivery system", and pointing out the fundamental (and illustrative) mistake therein:

This another tidbit he got wrong.

The Internet is not the "new delivery system".

It's a two-way communication platform. It's a many-to-many relationship. It will never, ever be turned into a one-way one-to-many system like broadcast TV. It's not built that way.

For Editor's Choice, first up we've got GMacGuffin on our post about the MPAA's ongoing efforts to prevent a Megaupload user from retrieving his data. The MPAA's insistence that it wants to prevent further infringement has always seemed pretty dubious, as GMac points out:

Infringing content -- by definition -- was made by someone other than the Megaupload user. It's already out there somewhere else, so infringers don't need to obtain access to their lockers. And wouldn't be asking to get at their infringing content in a Federal Criminal case anyway. Friggin Duh! (Oh, but you know that anyway.)

Cue disingenuousity music...

Challenge to musicians in the Techdirt community: score some "disingenuousity music"—it could be the soundtrack of the age.

Up next we've got PaulT on our post about the bizarre claims that more movies being made is somehow a bad thing. Specifically, he responded to the comment about films that "shouldn't have gotten made."

Translation: we wouldn't have funded them, we wouldn't know how to market them, so we don't want to see them being successful lest they undermine our tepid production line.

Moving on to the Funny side, we open with a comment on our post about Lucasfilm's sale to Disney, from none other than the Sith Lord himself. Darth Vader kicked off the comments by repeating an (in)famous line and one of George Lucas' most reviled latter-day changes to the Star Wars saga, while also providing a link to a handy web service:

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

(I'm far from a Star Wars purist, and not particularly bothered by the sale to Disney, but even I have no idea what the hell Lucas was thinking when he added that hacky overdub.)

For second place, we go back to our post on the more movies/less movies conundrum, with another response to that same mention of films-that-should-not-be. DannyB got sarcastic:

That's the same horrible thing that is happening with open source! Software is being written that should not be written.

And self publishing of e-books. Books are being written that should not be written!

And independent thought! Thoughts are being thunk that should not be thought.

The human tragedy of all this cannot be underestimated. Not to mention how bad it is for the economy, and jobs. And think of the children! Congress must make the Whole World do something!

For Editor's Choice, we'll start with Zakida Paul on our Halloween post featuring a great video from Buzzfeed on the economics of candy trading. Zakida went and spoiled all the fun:

I'm not sure you have the right to resell your candy. You could end up getting sued.

And finally, we've got an anonymous commenter on our post about Amazon's overreaction to sock-puppet reviews. This AC clearly approved of our coverage:

Really Enjoyed this one!
This article was great, I give it 4 stars out of 5 and I would definitely recommend it to friends!

We swear we didn't pay him for that.


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  1. icon
    xenomancer (profile), 4 Nov 2012 @ 6:53pm

    Challenge Accepted

    Challenge to musicians in the Techdirt community: score some "disingenuousity music"
    It already exists: The Final Countdown.

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