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Sorry to get political, but that is a huge amount of kids that will say yeas. M'i right? M'i right?
If they wanted to alienate much of their core support base, piss off various potential investors and go against various central tenets of what the Tory stands for in order to appease a bunch of people. many of whom who'll be too young or too apathetic to vote.
It'd be a strange decision though.
I sometimes wonder whether the immorality line and the "save the starving artists" line are having more of an effect (in the sense of convincing people to make sense of file-sharing in those terms) than is ever conceded.
that this discussion is always so polarised. When you turn it into a matter of 'pro' or 'anti' illegal downloading it's just ludicrously clear what the right side to take is.
But then that's beside the point - there's no vote in parliament 'for' or 'against' - nor would there be a use for it. The real issue lies in the discrepancy between the cultural appetite for digitalized music - and how digital music technology has confounded the definition of music value (as a product) by creating abundance and duplication. If both cultural and economic necessity find a meeting point then we've got a music culture that works. Whether the right word for it is 'industry' is a compelling idea...
So - I guess what I'm saying is that it's just a bit silly to 'get political' and bypass the actual politics of the situation.
^ Bit of a trojan horse, I know...
so what we need is a revolution in the value of physical commodities. Easy enough to say from the comfort of an armchair (office chair) - but I just can't see us retracting what has essentially been a cultural digital evolution on a global scale. Which has a lot of massively beneficial qualities. Still plenty of nail-biting to be done, but I think it's always best to focus on the music itself and not on the economic norm of the 'musician'. Which is both outmoded and founded on a good deal of fallacy.
Basically, what I want to see is sound, expressive statistics and logical, progressive thinking. Which does/can exist - but is not remotely represented by general coverage of this debate.
..could the Tory's just f*** off?
RAGE AGAINST THE LATRINE.