Thread: Found on Usenet - Napster issue
08.04.00, 10:52 PM #1
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Found this on an Aussie usenet group, I thought the guy bought up some interesting points, wether you agree with 'em or not... Just thought it might be worth sharing
Solution to the napster issue
As a Cyclone Tracy survivor, I saw at close hand, and at a young age,
the huge differences in human nature.
On the one hand, as soon as the wind had died down some Darwin residents
went out looting, taking whatever they could get their hands on. If you
had woken-up to a city completely flattened by 300+ kmph winds, you may
have done the same thing. After all, there was no water, no power, and
Darwin doesn't have mains gas.
On the other hand, our family, and all those around us, got together and
helped each other out. It was right at the start of the wet season, so
roofing iron had to be nailed back on. Kids were running around with
nothing to do, so lawns had to be cleared of nails, glass, roofing iron,
timber, bricks, tree limbs, tree trunks, etc, etc. It was sometimes
necessary to whack an empty carton on each leg and hope the lawnmower
would pick everything up.
I recall eating barbecued turkey, pork, ham, and chicken on those first
few days after the cyclone, which was supplied by anyone who had some.
When water was restored, we had to go and have showers on the side of
the Stuart Highway, in full view of those driving past.
But the point of this little story is this: even the looters were
willing to help others out. The only reason they looted was because the
temptation was placed in their way, and they couldn't resist.
In the same way, Napster provides a temptation, and some people can't
help but download songs they would otherwise have to pay for. Some of
those who do this are of course musicians themselves. Society is a
dynamic collection of individuals, and the biggest mistake anyone can
ever make is to over-generalise about who does what.
So what is the solution?
It appears obvious to me that those who advocate the outlawing of
Napster (and like software) are pro elitism. They believe that the
technologies which are the result of the endeavours of *all* humans, are
somehow not allowed to be used by *all* of us.
The point these people miss is that we shouldn't be fighting over who
should and should not be able to use certain technologies. Instead, we
should all be sharing it, and the available employment. The human race
has reached a point in time where it is possible for everyone to have
gainful employment, as well as access to time saving technologies.
If all we do is fight about who can have what, we will have missed the
point of having all this technology to begin with. Remember the dream:
technology was supposed to enable people to work less, and enjoy more
leisure time, more time with young children, more time with loved ones.
The facts are that many people are working longer hours than they may
have only 10 or 20 years ago, whilst others have very little work to do
There is absolutely no reason why performance artists can't have enough
gainful employment to sustain themselves, and still have enough time to
concentrate on producing and performing. The better artists might not
need other employment (as is the case now).
The aim of society should be to share (like we did after the cyclone in
Darwin) in such a way that the temptation to steal is removed. It is
temptation which causes humans to behave against the interests of the
whole. By removing temptation, and sharing our employment with others,
technology would become more of a tool for good, instead of what it has
become lately: a tool for elitism.
The Napster issue has reared its head because society is in the
doldrums, with no beliefs, and no vision for what we should do with all
this technology (apart from the selfish beliefs of the elite). Anarchy
rules on the Net because our current crop of world leaders go out of
their way to stifle proper debate in "real life".
If everyone took a step back and a deep breath, and promised to commit
themselves to the betterment of society, instead of their own
self-interest, then issues like Napster could be resolved quickly.
But if we refuse to accept the lesson Napster has taught us, the chasm
between haves and have nots will only increase, and we will fall into a
new Dark Ages. Is that what we really want?
A little zen... Headed your way...
08.05.00, 05:33 AM #2
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Thanks Goo, that was a very interesting read.
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