Thursday, April 24, 2008

MPAA lied, and no one cares

I read an interesting report this week regarding the MPAA lobbying of congress in 2005 to force college to adopt strict anti-piracy rules. A study conducted by LEK for the Motion Picture Association of America concluded that 44% of all MPAA losses were due to piracy on college campuses. After two years and two major rulings in their favor they have acknowledged that the study was flawed and completely inaccurate. The real number is more like 15%. Yet the damage has been done. The study was based on the assumption that every time someone downloads a film they would have bought it if they had not acquired it illegally. The 15% number reflects an adjusted analysis assuming that it is plausible that some people may have rented the film instead of buying it. So, actually, the 15% number is even flawed, because it assumes that people would have watched it if they hadn't downloaded (which some quite possibly wouldn't have) and that the people who bought would not have bought a used copy. The MPAA presented entirely false data to congress in order to force tighter restrictions on campuses. I wouldn't go so far as to assert that that is a really bad thing, it is stealing and they have a right to protect their interests. But it seems odd to me that there are no consequences for lying to congress to get what they want, and that it's not really getting any coverage. It's hard to talk about without sounding like you're trying to defend people's right to illegally download films. But doesn't this seem like a pretty flagrant case of a major conglomeration lying to the public to get what it wants and the media, the government and the public just accepting this as a part of life? It brings to mind Mark Twain's famous quote about the three types of lies: "lies, damn lies, and statistics."

This is ridiculous

Really? Is this necessary?

I just heard Linda Daves on NPR defending the ad, and talking about why she wouldn't even pull the ad if John McCain called her personally. I don't mean to get down on the level of this ad, but simply put, she didn't seem like a very bright woman. And I doubt that even the most gifted of philosophers would have a tough time creating a syllogism about why you should vote for the North Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate based on the words of Jeremiah Wright. But they're trying...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Issue 5 like what

Issue 5 of InDigest is up and online. So listen up best of the net. Maybe the first four weren't good enough for your hotsy totsy awards, but, oh, is Issue 5 something special. In the new issue we've got a gallery of sculpture from Alonso Sierralta, new poetry from Meggie Elder, and new fiction from New Yorkian Meakin Armstrong. We've added a new column called Is That Cowardly? where Jess Grover takes a look at new poetry. Also there are new columns from Bedside Stacks and Dorkolopogous.

Our big news, aside from the new issue, is we went clothes shopping and now we've got a whole new look. And damn we look good. Look at us.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Chris has a point

I never really use the myspace account that I created a long time ago. But I went onto it today and Chris left a note that said he about had a seizure when he went to my page. So I went to my page, I think I've only done this once before, and I never liked that people have music that starts playing on their page when I get to it, it's too much sensory excitement. But my page is out of hand, I almost need to leave it up. It's a piece. It gives you anxiety when you look at it. No man has yet to stay here for more than 3 minutes and 14 seconds. try it.

This is what my face would look like if I lived inside of a scanner and walked around with my face pressed to the glass all day

Saturday, April 12, 2008

How the wild make me struggle

I never really saw myself in the light of being a sports fan, and when I would read "What I've Been Reading" and Nick Hornby would talk about how he hadn't read much in the last month because Arsenal was playing particularly well I thought it was funny, but deep down I thought it was kind of ridiculous. I have had the urge to read Dashiell Hammet's The Thin Man for a while now (just because the films are great and why not, I guess) but I can't even accomplish that. When your team is in the playoffs there is so much invested in every game that I have to spend hours in the morning reading analysis and the breakdown for the next game, interviews with the coaches etc. etc. etc. I guess I'm really trying to say is that I haven't done anything personally challenging since the playoffs began and I don't even care. I was going to use it as a cloak for why I haven't been reading a good deal, but I regret it not. The last game was as exciting as playoff hockey gets. Good shot Carney.


Now it's 1-1.

UPDATE: now it's over.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

God's Comic

This stand-up routine is called "God's Comic" it's Damien Green, a fella from Minnesota I know, and he just did this live for the first time and has posted a video from it. I didn't know what to make of it at first, it's some really dark comedy, but the more I got to thinking about this the more I liked it. So I thought I'd repost it and share, probably not for everyone, but I got a kick out of it. It's that kind of awkward humor that you're not sure if you should laugh at, or if it's even funny, but it is...

Friday, April 4, 2008