It's been strange to observe the entertainment industries responding to the advance of technology with various degrees of self righteous paralysis. The weird thing is that these industries - music, film, television, video - are all very new and were originally born out of technological change and cultural shifts.
It's strange that these large media companies have been so resistant to change. The music industry is a shambling zombie of an object lesson but TV and Film still seems resistant to the internet and many to many communication.
But then we seem to think that whatever is happening now will always be. Things can't change THAT much.
That's one of the problems with the neocons. They came up with some theories in the 80s and then applied them 20 years later. They assumed that oil was and had to always be the only energy source and they assumed that the world would always love the US no matter what.
Oh and they assumed that we were a freedom loving democracy just cuz we were. Not because of what we did and didn't do.
Maybe that a problem on the other side. Most people, (including myself) don't understand how fragile democracy is. In history and in the world today democracy is the exception and not the norm. Dictatorships and oligarchies are much more efficient. Plutocracy and kleptocracy seems more likely. When this nation was started there were naysayers who pointed out that democracies only last a couple centuries (Greece and the Netherlands being the examples they cited). After about 200 years the people realize that they have the keys to the treasury and they grab all the money without any consideration for the future.
No new taxes anyone?
Finally I just heard this on the radio. Economic growth is a brand new phenomenon. Only about 200 years old. We don't know how it really works. The normal state of humankind, in time and in the present, is abject poverty.
Actually I believe that we are in the midst of a painful realignment but that democracy and the middle class can survive.
But I might just be thinking that things can't change THAT much.....