Just got back from a trip to California to visit the mother ship. It was another frustrating week with my new manager. It’s extremely hard to work with someone for whom you have very little respect. She wants minion. Someone who will simply do what she says. I require explanations and work more as a partner. I am not a minion and my arrogance and working style make me ineffective and unhappy as a minion. Sigh. Nothing is ever easy.
Don’t rest on your laurels, despite recent victories over SOPA and the like. The content industry will NOT rest until there is a coin slot or credit card reader on your head, just in case you view or hear something you should be paying for.
Recently I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine who is very pro-IP rights, especially in the case of the individual artist. He’s even against the 20-second sampling compromise for music. I agree with him in that context and as an ideal, but I cannot agree as a practical matter. As much as I would ensure that individual artists are compensated for their art, there is NO way to separate individuals from mega-content corporations. And corporations are the problem. They are the ones that will fuck us over left and right.
Copyright laws need to be kept in check because of these organizations, the same ones that have been fucking individual artists for years. There is no justice here, because the strong control the weak and the law is the only defense we have against them. They will try SOPA and PIPA again, with different names. Next time, it will be on the down-low. Prepare to get a credit card reader installed in your neck.
Lol. Jackasses. Newt Gingrich? Really? Hahahaha…. Obama won’t win with the margin I’d like, but he will win. Provided people of any sense vote for him. Anybody who is disappointed in Obama and thinks that voting for some meaningless third party candidate is smart needs to re-evaluate. The only thing worse than Obama is his republican opponents.
The events at Penn State have been exciting to say the least. I regret that Joe Pa’s storied career ended that way and that the old man got cancer and died. That being said he let a kiddie twist get away with it and that’s unforgivable.
The events surrounding the Penn State pedophilia scandal are an example of how our society’s hyper-sensitivity to child sex abuse is actually counter-productive. Joe Pa and the Penn State administration buried the sex scandal not because they had any misplaced loyalty to that fucking twist, but because we are SO over-reactive to child sex crimes that there is collateral damage to everyone, no matter how pure their intentions are. In short, the splatter damage to everyone is so bad that it actually leads to people covering up these crimes.
It’s not an excuse for what Joe Pa did. He had a duty to that kid to make sure that his abuser was caught and he had a duty to all the kids that guy abused after to make sure that couldn’t happen again. That being said, you can at lease see why he did it while not condoning it.
We need to get smarter about human sexuality in America. Our Puritan hangups leave us unable to deal effectively with societal problems and sex crimes. We over-rotate so badly on sex-related issues that we end up with deeply flawed solutions and environments that actually have gotten so extreme that people of normally good character cover up sex crimes to avoid the inevitable back splatter.
I said I was going to post more, and then ended up going to California for a week on work. My bad, I’ll try to do better.
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