…my position is that we eventually shouldn’t ‘pirate’ files, but it’s premature to condemn people who do it today. It would be unfair to demand that people cease sharing/pirating files when those same people are not paid for their participation in very lucrative network schemes. Ordinary people are relentlessly spied on, and not compensated for information taken from them. While I would like to see everyone eventually pay for music and the like, I would not ask for it until there’s reciprocity. What matters most is whether we are contributing to a system that will be good for us all in the long term. If you never knew the music business as it was, the loss of what used to be a significant middle-class job pool might not seem important. I will demonstrate, however, that we should perceive an early warning for the rest of us.
…before you dismiss this as the strange rants of a crazed and largely unknown state lawmaker, let’s not overlook the fact that last week, [Glenn] Beck used his Internet show to push a bogus claim about a Boston suspect, but his arguments quickly drew attention from the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, the chairman of the House subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency, the chairman of the House subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and the chairwoman of the House subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security—all of whom are Republicans, and all of whom took Beck’s nonsense seriously. There’s a strain of madness running through contemporary Republican politics, and it runs deeper than just some random state lawmaker…
…now there is longing, as well, for a Chinese Michelle or Diana or Jackie—a First Lady whose dynamism and beauty can somehow symbolize the rising superpower. The calcified system that Peng’s husband now runs is in desperate need of the kind of injection of charisma she can provide, both at home and abroad. While foreign media has continued to report the corruption, cronyism, and catastrophic pollution that plague the country, Chinese citizens vocalize their plight, packaged in sardonic humor, to better evade the Internet censors…
art: Liyuan upon arrival in Pretoria.
the above is a shot of Peng Liyuan
‘On revenge porn sites, users upload x-rated photos of women (often ex girlfriends or lovers) without the women’s permission…’
…Send a naughty photo to your boyfriend and when it turns out he’s a pig, your image is all over the internet, often with your name, location and links to your social media accounts. The purpose of revenge porn isn’t to allow regular guys the opportunity to see some naked girls-next-door; it’s explicitly purposed to shame, humiliate and destroy the lives and reputations of young women. Luckily, some of those women are refusing to be shamed into silence.
…you have other choices…you can pay for alternative services like Flickr. But…their terms of service, and those at Twitter and almost every other web-based service provider, contain wording that is virtually identical to that proposed by Instagram. Welcome to the internet.