Most of the folks that are trying out these new business models and having success with them are not the old corporate behemoths. They are usually driven by the content creators themselves or groups of them or inventors or ... you get where I'm going. They are offered up by the folks that I want to support.
I don't want to buy a CD for ... how much are CDs these days? ... $25 and have a dime go to the musician or group and $24.90 go to the fat cats. I'm sorry. I don't want to finance you. Suck it up.
I have no problems, however, supporting, even by way of $, those folks that actually did something besides sit in a corporate meeting and decide that lobster was on the menu for lunch.
Is there going to be fallout? Right now, the only source I found easily was this TD article and I still had to search for it. In order to get Mike's source article, I had to search "Nike, UK Border Agency". I'm thinking not a lot of people are randomly searching that particular word set.
If people don't know, then there isn't any fallout.
I actually went down this mental route but I came up with ...a paper trail and some 22 year old FBI agent will turn over all the documented evidence of wide spread surveillence on innocent civilians over to Wiki...er, Open...er,
...and, well, we just can't have that, now can we?
A. Pole-dancing despot who's proud of it and yells it out as much as he can while wearing red satin.
B. Simpering little despot who runs around and says "trust me, *I* understand the situation that you, obviously, do not" whilst lighting the bill of rights on fire.
First, the US can't figure out how to "stop" WikiLeaks so they're hoping that the Russians can get around US law and the technical properties that are the internet to "stop" it?
And after saying that, they're worried about the WikiLeaks documents? Really? So they're upset that someone might think that a diplomat is making sure he knows how many kids his counterpart has but they're perfectly ok with everyone knowing they hope the Russians will "stop" WikiLeaks and its founder?
I actually started reading Pravda on a daily basis last week. I just got completely fed up with the daily smack in the face of the complete lack of credibility and sheer incompetence of the US media machine so I figured it was either Pravda or The National Enquirer (the order vrs chaos is how Pravda won out - though the NATO and its 80 prositutes and "C.I.A - Cocaine Import Agency" helped).
All of you out there mocking on the Russians - yeah, at this point, they actually have more credibility than any main media outlet in the US. (Even if they do tend to end paragraphs with veiled questions.)
Especially considering the breaking news (dare I say, "hot news") of the FTC's Do Not Track which just proves that every single person in our govement and media are complete idiots.
I actually noticed this. More because my local news station makes Jerry Springer look like a nun. They jump on anything. But not this. It recieved a brief mention and only by their cub reporter and even he was rather rude about any criticism of the TSA.
...all I could think was, "Apparently, there's a golf game this afternoon with the channel owner and representative whatshisname.... ." How sad is that?
Here's the problem with the whole metered usage. My cell phone provider provides pretty extensive usage stats for me. It did not take long to figure out that I didn't need the pimp-daddy plan at all. Thanks, Mobile-Phone-Provider for saving me $75 a month! (And I'm going to bet that there's a lot of folks like me.)
And considering that I have a separate satellite and broadband companies - both of which have tv and internet services, hey, have at it. One will lose my business. The other may potentially gain my business. And I have a growing stack of books to read (paper...don't have to download them, thankyouverymuch)...
Play your games with each other because you know what? I'm perfectly comfortable sitting home at night with NO TV or computer turned on.
Even if it is true, their own logic still screws them...
Here's the problem with their logic -
if they are actually right and people are turning off cable because they can't pay for it, they are going to find a substitute...that is cheaper and better...which means when the economy picks back up, no one is coming back.
So they had better hope their logic is just as wrong as the cable-cutter theory or they are still screwed.