posted on Jan, 17 2003 @ 08:36 AM
"Hacking is the bane of modern society. Plain and simple. It is the graffiti of the digital realm. The availability of easy-to-download free music
has resulted in diminished respect for musical artists. These two concepts are undeniable."
these two points may well be undeniable they're not as clear cut as you suggest.
Some musicians, Like Metalica for example, have, through their actions lost a lot of respect, one suspects that their diminished fan base cost them
more than the people who downloaded their music for free in the first place.
on the other hand, online writing, music, soft ware and art have all benifited massively from the audience the web grants them, there has never been a
better tool for a young band to promote its first single or an author to get their novel read.
When we look at the big picture, the big bands suffer from pirated music, the small bands however thrive on the publicity, they are used to being poor
so they don't miss the revenue and their music reaches a massive audience.
As there are far more unknown bands on the web than there are big names doesn't it suggest that the distribution of free music, whilst detrimental to
an affluent minority is actually very positive for the majority of artists and as such improves and promotes diversity, creativity and community.
Secondly, I disagree that hacking is the bane of the internet, Capitalism and transparency are, as usual, its main problem.
The net coukld have been a tool for the free distribution of knowledge for the good of all people. unfortunately it is being hijacked against the
wishes of those who initiated it, by corporations.
they wish to make money, so the net becomes capitalist, they don't want people to see their inner workings so they put up electronic defenses denying
transparency and accountability.
look at whats just happened to friends reunited.
if these electronic barriers weren't there, hackers would not exist, if this internet world was free, copying music wouldn't matter.
I feel your taking a fairly narrow view of all this.