:: Wednesday, October 29, 2003
information should be free..
at least, if we lived in a magical land of make believe, with pixies, fairies.. and magical singing mushrooms.. information would be free..
the internet would be a wonderland.. with the free trade of ideas, concepts, discoveries, explorations.. the whole pandora's box of wot's possible in the human mind..
thus creating.. the ultimate "meta-mind".. the collective resource of 6 billion brains..
but really, we all know that's bullshit..
wot becomes quickly apparent for anyone on the internet.. is, they'll try and make a quick buck out've ANYTHING and EVERYTHING.. people will try and sell ALL sorts of crap.. crap, you'd really expect to be free..
I mean.. take FONTS for instance..
people actually sell those things.. for prices you'd never believe..
over $100 in some cases.. just for a slightly different way to represent the letter "A"..
on one hand it's kinda nice to think that someone could make a tidy living designing different ways to represent the letter "A" (for instance)..
but.. really.. you can SELL this shit?
paying money for MP3's.. even crazier..
if I'm gonna pay for music online.. I'd expect them to deliver me a CD in the mail..
I want solid product.. I want nifty cover art, I want silly liner notes.. I want the lot..
I'm not gonna shell out cash for a 5 meg file, a sequence of intangible 0's and 1's.. living on my unstable hard-drive..
and don't even get me started on software.. take music post-production for e.g.. all these endless "maximizers", "compressors", "limiters", "autotuners".. etc etc.. they'll sell tiny tiny programs (less than 3 meg) that do these.. for over $200 each..
you could spend thousands of dollars.. for wot basically amounts to nothing..
you can't see it, smell it, touch it, or taste it.. except that it lives in your computer..
it's kinda cool you can make money out've this shit..
but, seriously.. are we fuckin' nuts?
information should be free dammit..
:: Spoz 5:25 PM |