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Nov 21, 2014 no_reply commented on The President's Speech on Immigration.
@4, 5 your posts aren't tl;dr for me, sgt_doom. I don't always find them worthwhile but I read them because frequently you are as right on as you are here.

The truth for anyone who cares about 'the left' is that even when we're winning we're losing. I appreciate the regular reminder.
Feb 17, 2012 no_reply commented on Today in Redbox-Related Bitchery.
@27 Redbox guy is dumb, but not more dumb than your "go to a video store" nonsense. This isn't 1996.
Dec 20, 2011 no_reply commented on Republicans Just Voted to Raise Your Taxes.
This is very real to me. I'm getting a 4% raise in January, and my expectation is that between payroll tax and changes to my health insurance, my monthly paycheck will be smaller. I'm sure lots of people still dealing with wage freezes, furloughs, etc... will see worse.

Anyone who politically opposes the GOP needs to start talking about this right now. When the first paycheck of the new year arrives, everyone must know why it's smaller than the one before it.
Dec 20, 2011 no_reply commented on New Hampshire's Bigots Do Know That Bisexuals Can Legally Marry, Right?.
As a bisexual: please Dan, don't give them any ideas.
Dec 16, 2011 no_reply commented on The Good, the Bad, and the Sexy.
If polled on the question of whether Obama should be reelected, I would answer in the negative. Depending on how close the race is, however, I expect that I would vote for him to keep any of the likely Republican nominees out of office.
Dec 14, 2011 no_reply commented on Update: Louis C.K.'s Experiment.
@26, I suspect we disagree about what constitutes "mumblecore trash" but I don't object to any of your major points. It's clear that existing notoriety is the primary asset of pop-culture artists. It's also clear that it's expensive and hard to produce this kind of content.

I just don't jump from that to the idea that (pop)culture is unsustainable without the support of giant media companies. I also don't think any of it means that those media companies will be successful at maintaining their grip on audience attention as use of the internet gets more sophisticated.

New models emerge. They *are* emerging. Not just for Louis CK, but for lots of other people, too.
Dec 14, 2011 no_reply commented on Update: Louis C.K.'s Experiment.
@21, that is the most horrifying dystopian prediction I've ever heard. Since a bit is the most basic unit of information, a tax on bits (applied to bandwidth? storage? information in memory? all of the above?) would be the equivalent of a tax on books. Worse, it would effectively be a tax on all thinking/learning while interacting with digital systems.

You really ought to write science fiction about this.
Dec 14, 2011 no_reply commented on Update: Louis C.K.'s Experiment.
It doesn't take a genius (or a "free culture fundamentalist"; you're really reaching there, @8) to see why this worked: the alternative existing model is built around a need for centralized, controlled distribution. Media companies buy/bought rights from artists in exchange for access to shelves in stores which are now mostly closed. They provide other services (production, marketing, management), but none of them require monolithic 'content ownership' media companies.

It may not be immediately obvious what is the best way to make money on something which can be distributed by anyone for free, but it surely isn't to base the entire business model on centralized distribution.

@11, when he says "paid for by" I assume he means "financed by". He made something like $170,000 on the shows. Normally, that's cash in pocket, but he invested it in the video production. That investment has to go back to his pocket before he's making money on the video itself.
Dec 8, 2011 no_reply commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Monogamish Closet.
@84 has a good point. It's pretty bullshit to expect that other people will lie about their lives for your comfort.
Dec 6, 2011 no_reply commented on SL Letter of the Day: Taste Testing.
@62, OED also doesn't acknowledge the alternate 'cum' spelling.