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Yaaar, fork over your doubloons and iTunes!

Posted by toppermike on October 31, 2016

I apologize in advance for any typos. I just drove home to Louisville so I can cast an absentee vote tomorrow, and there is now about fifteen pounds of vibrating cat on my lap that hasn’t seen me since August.

The key question: Is piracy bad? The answer is obvious… if you’re a listener/viewer or the DMCA. If you’re the first, Hell no! Think about all the music you’ve undoubtedly listened to on YouTube. Pretty great being able to tell whether or not you like something before you go spend your hard-earned cash on it. An album off iTunes? That’s like nine tacos and tax dude. An actual physical copy? That’s the price of a discount meal from Wendy’s. Maybe your a classier, vinyl-only kind of guy. That’s a steak dinner right there. Plus, not having to pay for it might mean you spread it on towards friends before you ultimately decide whether or not to pay for it.


As for the DMCA, piracy is straight up evil. And you’re the devil for wanting to do it. And the Recording Industry Association of America agrees (Weird Al made a joke of this in his song “Don’t Download This Song” which you can find here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGM8PT1eAvY ). Why do they believe this? THe DMCA is out there to protect the rights of artists, and the RIAA is too… though they also want to profit from the venture. To look at it from their perspective, if you ran a bakery, you probably wouldn’t want people to walk in constantly and take stuff off your shelves without paying for it.


The real question here is how do artists feel about it. Undoubtedly, some of them are pretty against it. Which is totally fair. Others, however, want people to know about them. If I were starting out as a musician, I would want as many people to know about me as possible, and a good way to do that is to make music free to listen to so that people have an awareness. Plus, once people know about the band, there are other ways to support them. Psychostick, a parody metal band, for example, financed their CDs through fan donations. And besides, listening to music on YouTube isn’t so different from hearing it on the radio. You don’t pay any money to listen to the radio, after all.


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Artists and Downloading For Free

Posted by prestonperkins91 on October 31, 2016

I remember back when pirating music was rising and sites like Nabster and Limewire were the illegal rage. I remember TV media and pop culture would hound its audience about “if you love the artist, go out and buy their music/videos/shows” this almost reminds me of around the time South Park almost poked fun at the concept saying things like “Lars Ulric from Metallica can’t afford a gold-plated shark tank bar, but thanks to people downloading his music for free, he can’t afford it” or “the wrapper Master P. can’t afford an island for his son because of illegal downloading” basically what its saying is these artists already pretty loaded thanks to what their music has already accomplished.

As of now, I don’t really download anything anymore, illegal or not, thanks to the internet already having basically anything I want for entertainment; if I want a song I’ll go to YouTube, if I want to really read a comic book or watch the latest episode of Dragon Ball Super, I’ll just search it via google.

Now I do remember the years at anime cons, the voice actors would tell us if we love the show enough stop downloading and go buy it! I actually do go out and buy it in respect for the artist’s companies. I’ve actually witness many English dub companies go bankrupt thanks to its fans only downloading the series and not buying any merchandise. I know one thing is for sure, if I love a band, show or comic enough, I will go out and buy the products. That’s where I think the artists get their main money, through the big fans such as that.

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Swedish model

Posted by jessiemc11 on October 31, 2016

Its really cool that Sweden is where one of the biggest and best-selling music scenes is even though its a small country. I guess I can see why though because everyone wants to be involved and there is also a lot of talent out there. Its interesting that it talks about how if creators cant anticipate payment they wont release music therefor all of the artist that make it there must do pretty well off. musicians can only make a strong living off the amount of people/views they get from their music the article says that more people that hear the bigger the audience will become.over buyers they need listeners which allows for spreadability and more benefits to the bands. I feel like these musicians in Sweden dont make their living off their music but rather they make their living off of other jobs and they use music for fun and some go farther with that or even do make their livingoff of it

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Joss Whedon and Media

Posted by radionightowl on October 31, 2016

My roommate at my old college was obsessed with Joss Whedon media–I remember that she loved Firefly and the Avengers and basically anything that he put his name on. I think Whedon’s work is more intelligent than that of the typical author/creator, but I was never taken in by sci-fi and didn’t understand the fuss about most of his shows. The fact that he was able to put up quality material on a smaller budget illustrates that moviemaking and writing takes talent, not just money. So often I feel like modern Hollywood is concerned with glitz and glam and special effects and not necessarily the story. Joss Whedon’s work is primarily focused on character relationships and how they interact together. I remember thinking that The Avengers 2 was much more based on character personality than many superhero films I remembered from the past. Dr. Horrible is interesting in the fact that it seemed like Whedon had complete control over its size and direction and content. It didn’t have to fit a standard size or run time, and could be the story the creator needed it to be, not Hollywood. As media becomes more interactive and fanbased, people can start contributing in different ways to influence the fate of their favorite television show (or other piece of media.) In a way it reminds me of the campaign to save Chuck, but the individuals are working to influence how the show runs rather than its frequency and production.

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pitaret ches modeling time baaaaaby

Posted by chiggywiggysupreme on October 31, 2016

Pirating is something that’s been on my mind for a long time. Do I think it’s important? Who’s to say. Do I think it needs to be addressed in this blog post that I am currently writing to turn in for a grade in this pop culture class that we are all taking? Yes, undoubtedly. But, do I think that pirating is good or bad? Well, sorry, that’s too personal of a question to ask me.A lot of people ask me this. I tell them the same thing. I’m just not at liberty to say. But then they make points for each side, saying, “It is keeping the artist from making the money they deserve!” or “It spreads the music so much more than the artist could on their own, thus a tremendous viral cacophony is fostered.” To these people, I say, “Let me get back to you.”

Now, I must say, over time I have come to see the good and bad in both sides of the argument and I can now proudly say that, although I am not one-hundred percent sure of which side is completely morally good, I do agree with the argument that goes as follows, “Pirating is okay.”

I must say that during the struggle of picking which side I saw as good, the following quote stuck with me, should stick with you all, and is a quote that I don’t like much. “Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.” -Robert H. Schuller

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Posted by prestonperkins91 on October 31, 2016

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Dear Next President

Posted by marybethchilders on October 31, 2016

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The Swedish Model

Posted by roseconway98 on October 31, 2016

I would have never guessed that Sweden is one of the biggest music selling scenes in the world. If you had asked me I probably would have said Australia just because so many artist come out of there and the amount of fandoms there are is insane. As the article goes on it has this little saying “if their music doesn’t spread, it might as well be dead” and that really stuck out to me. (FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS IF YOU LIKE PLAYING MUSIC BUT NOT MANY PEOPLE ARE LISTENING TO IT, YOU KEEP DOING YOU OK IM SURE YOUR PARENTS WILL LISTEN TO IT!!) But formal, my friend that I went high school with has been in a band for a few years and at first they really weren’t that big and I’m sure they almost gave up BUT OUT OF NOWHERE this HUGE record label in Cali contacted them and now they’re on one of the largest pop punk record labels in the world and they’re playing Warped Tour and touring Europe next year, like so cool. Also, Thörnkvis put it in good words, “I’d rather have one million listeners and one hundred buyers than one hundred listeners and one hundred buyers” which I think most people would agree. Is not how many people buy your record, its how many are actually listening. (Yeah the money is good but you’re always gonna have those people illegally downloading music because they can’t afford ton actually buy it.) But as the article concludes, artist need to make music because they enjoy it and enjoy performing, and not just for the money. Because a lot of listeners probably use what they create to help cope with something or help getting through a tough time. And how shitty would that be to have someone you look up to as a person and they don’t give and f*cks about you.

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Dear Next President

Posted by aiyanarudolph on October 31, 2016

Dear Next President

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Value of Authors

Posted by laurenbailey07 on October 31, 2016

When it comes to authors we can easily associate them with any specific book, movie, tv show, etc that they are popularly known by. For example, J.K Rowling is easily known by her famous series Harry Potter. One thing that is helpful by putting a name to a face followed by a medium is that you can then see similarities in other mediums as well.

Being a lover of books, it is extremely helpful to me that authors come into play. In particular, I have read a book series called After by Anna Todd. This series includes 5 books that all follow the relationship between Tessa and Hardin. When i saw on Anna’s instagram that she was coming out with another book series called Nothing More that follows the relationship of Tessa’s best friend and his life in New York. Although the new book series is about a completely different story line, i can still guess that the series will be apart of the romance genre because all of Anna Todd’s other books have been apart of that genre. It is easy to pair an author with a specific image because it is really unlikely for them to stray away from anything other than what they normally write about. Also when i walk into Barnes and Nobles they will normally have an “if you liked ___ you might also like ___” section. It is easy to see what a book will be like based off of other popular books that have been written under that genre.

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