I think that the real purpose here is to condition children to accept "on the spot" searches that are actually illegal ... then, when they are adults, they won't question the authority of LEO's to continue to search at will without warrants or probable cause. Same with excessive surveillance in schools; get 'em used to it young and they won't question it as adults.
I "cut the cord" for cable TV 4-5 years ago. Last summer, the cable company here talked me into a trial where I basically got TV service for free - and in 6 months, I actually turned it on 3 times. Twice for less than 15 minutes each (after which the commercials drove me to turn it back off) and once for half an hour.
Fact is, not only do I not miss it, I generally don't even think about it. I have other things to do with my time. I did have Netflix for a couple years, but the Canadian catalog is so limited that I let that go too.
A point that seems to often be missed is you don't HAVE to have TV service (or equivalent) at all.
Another point that is usually missed is that the online subscriptions like Netflix DON'T HAVE COMMERCIALS (that said, there HAVE been commercials that I really liked, such as the old "Mac vs PC" series), can be watched when I want, where I want and on the devices I choose. So, even if the total cost was the same, it's still an improvement (RtB).
As for the cost of internet ... I was paying for that all along anyway, so it's not "fair" to "add" that cost in again.
As to the AC's comment about "... collecting more in royalties is "bad . . . for artists...." - I don't see that anywhere in the article! However, in my opinion, increasing the royalties is likely neither good nor bad for the artist (at least, not for the vast majority of them) because I don't believe the artists will ever see a cent of the increase.
Going from 1% to 3% is not a "2% increase" - it's a 300% increase. Try absorbing a 300% increase of any expense and see how your business fairs. The extra expenditure has to come from somewhere, and accommodating it may tip the scale from "viable" to "impossible" if the business is already on a tight margin.
The phrasing of their denial has two points of weasel words that can make their statement true ... sort of. First: ...recent press reports have been misleading... doesn't say the reports are wrong, only that they're misleading. Second: ...the mail scanning described in the article does not exist on our systems. does not deny that email scanning is (or was) taking place - it only denies that it's not being done as described in the article.
...As adults, we should enjoy the five-sense experience of the people around us...
For the average person, this is probably good advice. For those of us called "Aspies" (we have Asperger's Syndrome), dealing with "the people around us" (that we don't know well) in any context that isn't banal and totally superficial is not just difficult, it's often impossible. The advent of being able to "connect" to people with technology as a buffer enables us to get to know other people well enough to be able to deal with them, and, sometimes, even deal with them in real life.