from the ducks-and-raptors dept
Well, it didn't take very long at all for the Copyright Office to add another layer of absurdity to the Aereo situation, stating in no uncertain terms that it doesn't care what the Supreme Court says about Aereo being a cable company. Ultimately, the big question throughout this whole situation has been a simple one, summed up anonymously in this week's most insightful comment:
Hmm, I wonder how all of this smacking down of Aereo encourages the development of culture, science and innovation.
What happens when you don't let innovations like Aereo move forward? You end up with industries full of incumbents that rest on their ever-dwindling laurels. Like Comcast, whose disastrous customer service went viral this week, prompting Michael to take second place for insightful with the observation on everyone's mind:
When your business model relies on making the process of cancelling so annoying that people decide it isn't worth it, you have taken a wrong turn somewhere.
Of course, innovation means change, and sometimes change is difficult. Some people decry technological process with the age-old accusation that it costs us jobs — and this week's first editor's choice for insightful goes to jupiterkansas for a nice, clear response to this perennial complaint:
The whole technology destroys jobs argument has been made for over 150 years since the industrial revolution, and there are more different kinds of jobs available today despite an explosion in population.
While technology does lead to job loss in the short term, and it can be very hard on people in that short term, in the long term society has benefited it has enabled whole new fields of work and better working conditions.
Not to mention that a lot of the jobs people complain about losing were created by technology in the first place. This includes books!
All these thoughts about innovation and progress also serve as excellent reminders of just how important the net neutrality debate is. With the FCC accepting public comments, there has been plenty of interesting stuff to look at if you can sift through the overwhelming volume. Adrian Lopez did just that, and his findings are our second editor's choice for insightful:
Let's play a game of "spot the shills on the FCC's comment page". Here's my nomination:
Over on the funny side, we start out where you might expect: the saga of Kenneth Eng's quixotic legal crusades, which recently swept us up in their wake for daring to republish public documents that contain his address. But among his many indiscriminate targets was also an old friend of the meme-loving internet: the Philosoraptor. This week's first place winner for funny is Indy, and there's nothing to quote in the comment — rather, it's a link to an eminently appropriate use of the meme-in-question. Watch out imgur — Eng might be coming after you next.
In second place, it's back to Comcast, with an understandably anonymous comment about how to get better service:
When they asked me for a reason, I told them God told me "less tv, more gun-cleaning."
It was a short conversation after that.
This implied threat would be doubly ominous based on a theory from Michael, who takes our first editor's choice spot for funny:
I'm pretty sure that murdering a call center employee from Comcast is only a misdemeanor and small fine.
Aereo should just say...
"Well fine, we're a cable company that doesn't pay re-transmission fees because no one wants our money."
(It's better than my idea of carving a fake wooden Aereo to draw the industry's fire.)
That's all for this week, folks!