I think this is actually a good idea - but not as an actual product. I think this was done purely for publicity, and as such it has done an excellent job.
Would I ever buy a book like this? No.
Without this book would I have heard of this publisher? Probably not, but now I have.
In my experience the police are more likely than the ordinary citizen to lie, either direct or by omission. Thus their testimony should have less weight when there is nothing to corroborate what they are claiming. If there is any non-involved witness then I will give their testimony more weight than the police.
It is probably not true for everyone, but in all of my dealings with the police they have been power hungry, lying sacks of shit.
I watched the first episode and it was......hokey.
But I'm going to watch the second because I'm always looking for sci-fi on TV, even bad sci-fi.
I actually think the Corporations as good guys is how they are going to try to make it an interesting story - over time there will be conflict in the main character and how she slowly comes to the side of the revolutionaries. This will occur as she also realizes some of the seven are not hyper violent. The violent ones will be labelled as on the right side, but misguided in their methods. Because armed revolution is always wrong...
I used to be a chef, not too many years ago, and I remember we would put a lot of effort into the presentation. Some studies have even shown that presentation is one of the larger factors in whether someone enjoys a meal or not.
I remember the first time a waitress came to the kitchen, in probably 2002 or 3 and told us someone was taking pictures of our food.
We were proud of it when we heard, but apparently we missed the boat. I didn't realize we could be like aging rock stars and get future income from royalties that those thieves aren't paying now. I can just imagine those thieves flipping thru the photo album, and the sense of joy they have from stealing that picture.
If I hadn't read the alchemist for free a couple of months ago I wouldn't even be contemplating buying any of Paulo's other books.
Now I'm going to buy 3 or 4, and if they are good I'll probably buy everything he writes in the future.
How has pirating hurt him?
Exactly - most of my colleagues all have a hobby that is in the same field, but not exactly applicable to their jobs. We enjoy the challenge.
I remember reading about this prize when it was still in competition and at least a few of the challengers didn't seem to think they had a chance to win, but kept working on it making incremental progress.