....LMB: "MPAA Fucks With Kids' Heads"....

September 25, 2003

Coming soon, to your local schoolroom, thanks to the motion picture and recording industries:

Junior Achievement is projecting that the lesson, which will be taught both in school and after school, will be used in 36,000 classrooms nationwide and has the potential of reaching 900,000 students in grades five through nine, or about 10 percent of all students in those grade levels.

In the role-playing activity Starving Artist, for example, groups of students are encouraged to come up with an idea for a musical act, write lyrics and design a CD cover only to be told by a volunteer teacher their work can be downloaded free. According to the lesson, the volunteer would then "ask them how they felt when they realized that their work was stolen and that they would not get anything for their efforts."

Yes, the MPAA and RIAA have joined up with Junior Achievement-- the non-profit run by major corporations that somehow has permission to enter public schools to teach kids that free enterprise is keen-- to guilt children into not downloading movies and songs off of the internet.

Well, that's the bad news. The good news is that this program is just like DARE, and all the other manipulative "kids, don't use drugs" programs that storm the American schools. And looking around my high school, it's safe to say that that didn't work, maybe this program will be just as big of a waste of time.

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Did anyone see those PSAs with the script supervisors and construction workers as "victims" of movie "piracy" and downloading. And I guess the bosses don't pirate the profits off of the artists and technicians? Give me a break.

Posted by: Eric at September 26, 2003 07:03 PM

I think the idea of something like this being in a school (with the exception of a college or private instituion) is completly (and forgive my language) and uterly fucked.

Free Enterprise is what originally drove America, look at the things that make America America. The Declaration of Independance was written without any thought of a few bucks. Also take Woodstock for example, a concert that although was originally priced, but ended up becomming free. The things in life that are free are in actuality the best things in life.

And on anther level (feel free to call me a commie if you wish) but I completly hate the entire idea of money as a system and everyone of us should simply get what we need to survive and get rid of the shit like television and government. Won't happen, but my vision of heaven is a land where everyone is treated equaly, no one has an ounce of currency, and everyone is able to relax because there aren't the fucking stresses in this life.

Like I said this is my opinon, and if your part of the CIA, FBI, politican, right winged, left winged, conservative, liberal, or simply don't agree with me realize that this is my own opinon and I have every right to voice it.

Posted by: Dave Harris at September 2, 2004 03:11 PM
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November 16, 2004

Tales of Media Woe

Senate May Ram Copyright Bill- one of the most depressing stories of the day that didn't involve death or bombs. It's the music and movie industries' wet dream. It criminalizes peer-to-peer software makers, allows the government to file civil lawsuits on behalf of these media industries, and eliminates fair use. Fair use is the idea that I can use a snippet of a copyrighted work for educational, political, or satirical purposes, without getting permission from the copyright-holder first.

And most tellingly, the bill legalizes technology that would automatically skip over "obejctionable content" (i.e. sex and violence) in a DVD, but bans devices that would automatically skip over commericals. This is a blatant, blatant, blatant gift to the movie industry. Fuck the movie industry, fuck the music industry, fuck the Senate.

Music industry aims to send in radio cops- the recording industry says that you're not allowed to record songs off the radio, be it real radio or internet radio. And now they're working on preventing you from recording songs off internet radio through a mixture of law and technological repression (although I imagine their techno-fixes will get hacked pretty quickly).

The shocking truth about the FCC: Censorship by the tyranny of the few- blogger Jeff Jarvis discovers that the recent $1.2 million FCC fine against a sex scene in Fox's "Married By America" TV show was not levied because hundreds of people wrote the FCC and complained. It was not because 159 people wrote in and complained (which is the FCC's current rationale). No, thanks to Jarvis' FOIA request, we find that only 23 people (of the show's several million viewers) wrote in and complained. On top of that, he finds that 21 of those letters were just copy-and-paste email jobs that some people attached their names to. Jarvis then spins this a bit by saying that "only 3" people actually wrote letters to the FCC, which is misleading but technically true. So somewhere between 3 and 23 angry people can determine what you can't see on television. Good to know.

Reuters Union Considers Striking Over Layoffs- will a strike by such a major newswire service impact the rest of the world's media?

Pentagon Starts Work On War Internet- the US military is talking about the creation of a global, wireless, satellite-aided computer network for use in battle. I think I saw a movie about this once...

Conservative host returns to the air after week suspension for using racial slur- Houston radio talk show host (and somtime Rush Limbaugh substitute) Mark Belling referred to Mexican-Americans as "wetbacks" on his show. He was suspended for a couple of weeks, and then submitted a written apology for the racial slur to a local newspaper. But he seems to be using the slur and its surrounding controversy to boost his conservative cred with his listeners.

Stay Tuned for Nudes- Cleveland TV news anchor Sharon Reed aired a story about artist Spencer Tunick, who uses large numbers of naked volunteers in his installations and photographs. The news report will be unique in that it will not blur or black-out the usual naughty bits. The story will air late at night, when it's allegedly okay with the FCC if you broadcast "indecent" material. The author of this article doesn't seem to notice that Reed first claims that this report is a publicity stunt, but then claims it's a protest against FCC repression. I'd like to think it's the latter, but I'm not that much of a sucker.

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