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American Censorship Day — Why Now?
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American Censorship Day

It’s American Censorship Day, an effort to derail the latest effort by Congresscritters to punish the 99% on behave of the 1% – the ‘Stop Online Piracy Act’ HR 3261.

The BBC covers the issue, while the US media are silent because the ‘news’ is a subsidiary of the beneficiaries of this latest attack on freedom in the US, the media conglomerates.

The only good news concerning these efforts is that they give rise to Pirate Parties as a reaction.

The media conglomerates are using the ‘Net as an excuse for their reduced revenues. It doesn’t occur to them that they are overcharging for products that are not worth the money. If they shipped their goods on re-writable media, the end-user would at least get something for their money.

Here’s a news flash – it isn’t the ‘Net’s fault that Tony Bennett Sings Justin Bieber isn’t selling.


1 Badtux { 11.17.11 at 1:16 am }

Tony Bennett Sings Justin Bieber… bwahaha! But if you follow my blog you’ll notice that I feature a lot of good musicians that *never* get any radio play because they’re not the same bland boring crap that the industry thinks everybody wants to listen to. Playing the same twenty songs over and over again on the FM radio because of payola might well make the job of radio programmers easier, but isn’t going to sell a heckuva lot of music, which I thought was the point of the exercise!

– Badtux the Music Penguin

2 Bryan { 11.17.11 at 9:35 am }

Exactly so, Badtux. The media conglomerates have homogenized the radio spectrum so there is no way of new groups entering the music market. Bieber actually achieved his entry doing YouTube covers of songs, and was finally picked up after establishing his popularity on his own. That is the main reason he is totally opposed to the SOPA law, and has been very public about his opposition.

In ancient times groups could get air-play through local DJs, but no longer. The media has screwed themselves and has Congress looking for a way to save the conglomerates’ profits.