:: Monday, May 26, 2003
went for my usual mindless fortnightly payday cashblowout on Friday..
and I could just smell the fear in the air..
the entertainment industry is scared..
behind the summer blockbusters..
cheesy popstar releases..
they'd just assume their buying public are criminals..
they think we've got 'em by the balls..
they think we're gonna steal it all anywaze..
(and hey.. a lot of us do.. if it's available and FREE.. who's gonna argue?)
I read in the paper.. they posted security guards and metal detectors at the preview screening of MATRIX RELOADED (in an attempt to stop people pirating it and dumpin' it on the internet).. yet, a few days later I saw it wuz available on the internet anywaze.. funnily enough tho'.. I went to a midnight preview.. and didn't see ANY guards.. no safeguards.. nothing.. just walk on thru.. and laugh at all the idiots dressed as Neo..
they've been releasing CD's in a new "COPY CONTROLLED" format.. also to combat pirating.. yet (a) it wuz still available on the internet BEFORE release (b) I still managed to dump them on my PC as MP3's ANYWAZE - seems I discovered one of my CD-ROM drives wuz so primitive.. it actually bypassed the protection.. and treated it like a normal CD.. yay me :-)
now.. I'll buy my entertainment.. I'm more than happy to pay my dues..
but, if people are offering it free.. who am I to argue? I'll go get me some of that too.. if it's free and easy enough to hunt down and hoard..
yet you can just TELL they're running scared out there..
coz.. not only are they trying to stop us from stealing it.. they're BRIBING us to buy the stuff..
really? is Hollywood that hollow!?? is the Music Industry that vacuous?
case in point.. just this weekend mind you..
I bought the new BLUR CD.. it wuz copy controlled (managed to crack it anywaze.. by accident too!)
and with it.. they threw in a free 3 CD-ROM pack.. called "Blur - Parklife (Interactive Songbook)" this big honkin' clingwrapped PC box.. apparently.. it offers guitar lessons on Blur songs.. interviews.. all this extra shiny shit.. and they just give it to me for free.. to thank me for actually BUYING A CD.. (hey.. can't complain.. it's free!)
I bought the "8-Mile" DVD.. (knowing full well.. people were circulating VCD's of it for the last few months..), anywaze.. after buying it and walking out the store.. I went to have a look and in the bag wuz this funny little white box.. scratching my head.. wondering "wot the FOK is up with this!??" I opened it.. to discover.. they threw in some cheesy "8-Mile" key-ring wind-up watch..
I later learnt.. if I bought it elsewhere.. they would've thrown in a free beanie..
on Sunday.. managed to pick up the new DEFTONES CD.. and funnily enough, they threw in a free keyring.. completely useless.. but, hey.. can't complain..
first it started with the "tour edition" CD's and "special edition" DVD's..
then they started throwing in bonus CD-ROM features, bonus music DVD's, DVD-ROM access bits..
then they're throwing in t-shirts, stickers.. and all this other bullshit..
now I have cupboards full of this useless junk..
all this merchandising paraphenalia.. I'd never be stupid enough to be associated with in public..
but hey.. it's all free!
makes ya wonder tho'..
has the power shifted..?
are we paying money to BUY their product..
or are they BRIBING us.. to promote their product?
:: Spoz 4:31 AM |