The Unstoppable Power Of The Internet
When media piracy was at its highest, things understandably looked grim for the companies that sold media. If they were no longer able to dole out entertainment through a slow drip, dollars at a time, they seemed to have no reason to exist.
The reason piracy didn’t destroy the media industry wasn’t because of the invention of more powerful DRM (digital rights management) software, but the industry’s eventual willingness to adopt technology. By providing an experience that made paying for a service like Netflix or Spotify more convenient and more valuable than downloading individual pieces of media illegally, customers started pulling out their wallets again. iTunes replaced Kazaa, Netflix became far more popular than thepiratebay. Steam, and not complicated cracking processes, became the way to download your PC games online. While piracy continued to exist, it became clear to anyone who was paying attention, that the way to get customers to pay for your product was by breaking down the barriers of access, not building them up.
By now, you surely know something about the Edward Snowden leaks. You probably know, at the very least, that the National Security Agency is monitoring seemingly as many people as they can at all times. And how many people they can monitor, while the subject of some debate, is undoubtedly a very large number.
They have cozy relationships with governments around the world, the so-called “five-eyes” group exchange and trade our information amongst each other as they see fit, without any apparent oversight. Every nation on the list routinely pries into their citizen’s private lives, but it is the United State’s NSA and the United Kingdom’s GCHQ that have been the subject of the majority of the leaks.
What is clear, is that the average person cannot expect any level of privacy online. Which is a problem, for people that enjoy their privacy.
This blog plans to have more long form pieces than the short stuff I write to pay the rent. My first well thought-out post is still a bit away, and I have been busier than I expected. It will be coming on Sunday, which will be my normal “guaranteed” posting day. However, I promised you content today, and so content you shall receive.
Consider this an appetizer.
Welcome to Techippie (as in, Tech-Hippie). This is a site where we (and by we, I mean me) will attempt to cover politics, technology and how those two realms are interacting in our rapidly changing world.
My name is Ian DeMartino and I will be your guide to this intersection for as long as you will have me. I currently write professionally for Gizchina and Social News Daily. I previously worked for the now-defunct Gamewoof, and have done work as a ghost writer. This place will not only allow me to talk about politics, but any general ideas that come into my mind.
Keep it tuned in here, the real content starts flowing tomorrow.