I maintain a Facebook account without my real name just for games and to occasionally leave brutally honest comments of which my employer would not approve. I certainly don't "know" all 800 friends on that account; I wouldn't know a single one on the street. I'll play games with them online, but I don't want to share with them the same things that I share with my family or even high school acquaintances.
Here is a real conversation that happens almost daily at my house:
Wife: I stubbed my toe/cut my hand/feel sick/whatever. Husband: I'm sorry. W: Why, did you do it? H: No, that was not an apology. I was merely expressing the emotion of sadness because my wife is hurt. It was not an admission of guilt.
I wish the newspapers in my semi-rural market would get the message. I stopped using their sites when they started charging after letting you see just a few stories per month, but there are not many alternatives for local news here. The TV station websites do have some news, but it is more regional.
Come to think of it, if they did take down their paywalls, I wouldn't know it, because I never visit their sites any more.
"Oh, and Sosa is now back to offering his 3d printed shark for sale..." I believe the mastermind Sosa is really pulling the strings behind all this, to raise awareness of his product. I had never heard of Left Shark before reading about it on techdirt, but I am all for anything to stick it to the entertainment industry as a whole and their lawyers in particular. Now take my money, Sosa!!
I don't have a beef with the entertainers themselves (well, maybe with Kanye West, but then again he is not entertaining). I don't believe that the Katy Perrys and Taylor Swifts out there are truly behind these incidents. other than maybe saying "OK" when their representation says "Hey, we can make us you more money if we do this."
I'm thinking about posting the original on a forum I frequent with a few members who will argue vehemently over anything, then sit back and watch the fireworks. Eventually I'll link to this article as well.
I like the idea i read a while back (somewhere on techdirt, I believe) of Microsoft, Apple, and Google buying up the major music labels and then withdrawing them from the RIAA, since even their own self-serving interests are more in line with consumer interests than the interests of the labels. Then once the music labels are dealt with, focus on hollywood/MPAA!