Your overly broad, sweeping statements are greatly amusing.
No one here is saying that record labels will go away altogether. What this blog and most of it's commenters are talking about is the reduced importance of record labels as methods of recording, promotion and distribution become cheaper and easier for the artists themselves to do. Thereby directing money (profits) into the newer methods and greatly reducing the profits and profit-making ability of the record labels as they are no longer the only game in town, or even the most important game in town.
Just like some people still drive buggies and therefore need to procure a buggy whip http://www.bigdweb.com/prodinfo.asp?number=65-5219&CAWELAID=568705956, some artists will not want to do the recording, promoting and distribution on their own, and so will procure the services of a record label.
The problem is that record labels are still structuring their companies and their services as if they're the only game in town. And even worse, they're pouring massive amounts of money into Washington politics to put laws on the books to keep themselves the biggest game in town with overly broad, sweeping laws that restrict free speech and the ability of our culture to do what it does best - which is build and elaborate upon what came before. THAT is what I, and many others, have a problem with.
I can see a major downside in this in that health insurance companies could use that data to raise deductibles on certain procedures/medicines in an area or to claim pre-existing conditions on a subset of the population and refuse to pay for treatment altogether.
I'm curious as to what sort of data is being collected, and if the collection of this data could in any way be a violation of HIPAA.
So BREIN's website states that, "The BREIN foundation is the joint anti-piracy program of authors, artists and producers of music, film and interactive software..."
To me, that sounds as if BREIN is a non-governmental organization a la the MPAA, RIAA, etc. If so, wouldn't grabbing these 29 domains amount to out and out stealing?
I would try imdb. A quick search generated a list pretty easily.
There's a video clip in the linked article of Janet Napolitano talking about the pat-downs. She says, "Most Americans are not used to a real law enforcement pat-down like that." Could that be because most Americans are not used to being treated like a criminal for wanting to board an airplane?
I actually find this hilariously bad enough that, to me, it's in keeping with the spirit of the soap opera and its history. Granted, I haven't watched Days regularly since college, but it is greatly amusing.
I'm always amazed when people put all the blame on teachers for the failure of our educational system.
Yes, there are some bad teachers out there. However, it is the school and state administrations that perpetuate their presence.
I currently live in Arizona, home to the worst educational system in the nation. I moved out here to teach. Due to various reasons, I ended up subbing around the Valley rather than being in one classroom my first year. And that was enough for me. They may put on a brave face in front of their students, but the teachers are bitter and cynical. Why? Because the school and state administrations have failed them, not just the students with their ridiculous pressure to teach to standardized tests that there's hardly time left to teach actual subject matter. The schools run roughshod over teachers, giving them enormous class sizes but witholding the disciplinary authority to be able to manage them. If we're going to fix schools, the changes need to start at the top.
I experienced the same thing today. I followed a link from twitter to the Facebook page. However, as much as I'd like to see the video, I don't use/am virulently opposed to Facebook and refuse to sign up to "like" the page just to see a video.
Have you considered, perhaps, that these people are just not popular enough to be selling out the large venues that they used to? Or that, I don't know, say we're in a recession and that people don't have the kind of money to blow on expensive concerts that they used to?
Perhaps these artists (and in the case of limp bizkit, I use that term loosely) would be better playing smaller shows or perhaps working on their stage show to provide the kind of experience that would make people want to drop $50/person to go there. Right now, the market is telling the artists that what they're putting out there is not worth paying the price they want to get for it. That is purpose of these new business models that Mike keeps talking about - using a little brain power and adapting to what people will want to pay for.
I work at a university and among the emails and letters that flow across my desk, I've noticed a definite trend in poorly spelled communications (too much reliance on spellcheck?) by students - many of whom feel that text-speak is appropriate in official notifications.
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