Oh how I love me a lunch-hour AI rant!
Originally Posted by techno
These execs just don't get it. They get so blinded by greed and fearful of power that they make these dumb decisions. They only hurt themselves. How many times does it need to be proven that the iTunes model works. People are willing to legally buy movies and music if it is reasonably priced. But if they start messing with things again, people will just go back to illegal downloads.
Yep. If they offered me a convenient way to purchase/rent high-quality, full-featured movie downloads at a decent price that I can watch on my HDTV and have all the same benefits as a physical copy (being able to re-sell the media, being able to play said media on any compatible player, being able to backup the media in case of device failure, etc) then I would have no problem forking over hundreds of dollars each year. Instead of letting Apple literally create this market for them, making them billions of dollars in the process, they put these asinine restrictions on the deal, and completely screw it up!
Why would I pay a PREMIUM over blockbuster just to have the "convenience" of downloading a rental movie using MY broadband connection that has highly-compressed video and uses last decades's surround sound format? Why would I pay the same price as a DVD to own an inferior quality digital download that has none of the benefits of a DVD, such as being able to sell it on the used market, being able to play it at a friends house, not losing your purchase when a harddrive crashes, etc? Obviously, Hollywood sees these services not as their sole future, but as if they are doing some sort of service of convenience to the customer who deserves to be be squeezed for as much money as possible.
Originally Posted by stokessd
My favorite online retailer, The Pirate Bay, hasn't removed any movies from my watch list. And they provide them in a DRM free format, even 1080P.
Originally Posted by smokeonit
15-20min for commercials??? normally they cut and sensor everything that has to do with the humand body and emotions... in our world: sex & love... in US TV to kill, rape and torture is ok, but to show titts and ass is not... what a twisted world!!!
i'm also amused when americans see europeans beaches, topless women... i/we grew up like that, not having a problem with the humand body... man or women... but americans are pretty weird in that sense ->not all americans, there's quite a few that had "normal" parents... that did teach their kids..
The good thing is that those attitudes are part of the dying generation, and young people are much more reasoned and sensical about depictions of sex and violence. Even within the current ruling "baby boomer" generation, I'd imagine this seemingly distorted worldview is not as widespread as it appears, it is just that there is a loud, self-righteous religious conservative minority that love to spend their time hassling the FCC every time they see a butt-cheek on television (and denouncing the horrors of letting two committed individuals who happen to be of the same gender enter into a legal partnership) while the deviant secular sinners like myself do the devils work of volunteering at homeless shelters, raising money for the sick and starving, etc.
Originally Posted by MissionGrey
. Im sure you would find that Private schools, which tend to have a Religious root have higher education standards than any government ran school. Is it wrong to have standards and morals?
There are many excellent public schools, not to mention secular private schools. also, I have to take exception to your ridiculous suggestion that only Christians could possibly have "standards and morals". Morality and ethical behavior is crtainly not derived from religion, and least of all Christianity. In fact, spreading, defending, or otherwise advocating Christianity, like many (Abrahamic) religions, has been the basis for some of the most atrocious, immoral acts in human history. I certainly respect the lessons of Jesus, if he actually lived, he was an inspiring figure of compassion, generosity, and selflessness. But have you read the old testament? The whole bible is full of evil acts of jealousy, revenge, vindictiveness, carnage, murder, etc committed by both man and God himself! Is it any wonder that the most peaceful and compassionate nations and societies are those without a strong, fundamentalist presence of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, etc? The foundation of moral behavior and the presence of an intrinsic human behavioral code is perpetually debated by philosophers and scholars, but they can all agree that Christianity (or Islam or Judaism or Hinduism or Buddhism or Scientology) is not it. There are many societies throughout the world, past and present, that had a system of ethics or moral code of behavior without the presence or influence of Christianty.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating the abolition of religion, Christianity or otherwise. I am not an atheist, I actually am a spiritual person who is very interested in spirituality, psychology, mystical experiences, etc --- I draw inspiration and understanding from all corners, including the story of Jesus, the Vedas, Buddhism, Taoism, BahÃ¡'Ã*, Theosophy, New Age/Gnosticism, near-death/OOBE experiences, cosmology, quantum mechanics, hallucinogens/psychedelics, etc in addition to a firm respect for the power and knowledge of science. Basically, I do not draw artificial lines in the sand of human experience.
Originally Posted by Virgil-TB2
Long story aside (that I didn't read), this is a heavily ironic comment don'tcha think?
I mean in this particular case it *is* the "religious" people that are censoring all the nudity and swearing on US television yet not caring about the violence.
Also, Christians are not all bad of course, but they are definitely "fanatics" by definition as are all religious people. They are folks who are dedicated to the belief in a group fantasy, who are organised, and who are willing to impose that fantasy on the rest of the world. All religious people are fanatical in that way.
If it was anything other than religion, this would be the very definition of a fanatical group of weirdos. The only reason people mostly don't see it that way is because they have been trained not to by hundreds of years of history.
Edit: Also, I must say as an atheist, I am quite offended by your last line "Is it wrong to have standards and morals." The idea that only Christians or religious types have standards and morals has been disproven over and over again. I am the most moral person I know and I am an Atheist.
While I agree that the Christian right holds undue influence in the United States, I certainly wouldn't characterize all religious people as "fanatics". In fact, I'm sure at least a large percentage (yes even in the United States) of Christians, Jews, Muslims, are not ignorant, self-righteous, intolerant, and who understand the limits of religion and scripture. At least I hope this is the case..