[oclug] [canadian internet concerns] long post (you've been
sphex at sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 8 15:17:30 EST 2005
Bill Strosberg wrote:
> Why don't these folks concentrate on the content developers? Why don't
> they make better deals with artists and telephone users? Fundamentally
> it is simple to analyze ... since you can't control the communications
> anymore, you have to move the choke point elsewhere - the logical place
> is with the person developing the desirable content.
There is little profit to be taken in "content". They sell "product".
Like the colourful wrappers, "content" is a bauble, added to induce
comsumers to consume.
> - as Robert A. Heinlein said:
> "There has grown up in the minds of certain groups in this country the
> notion that because a man or corporation has made a profit out of the
> public for a number of years, the government and courts are charged with
> the duty of guaranteeing such profit in the future, even in the face of
> changing circumstances and contrary to public interest. This strange
> doctrine is not supported by statute nor common law."
The last sentence is completely false. (In fairness, the passage occurs
in his earliest work.)
The US railway system is a good example.. Dee Brown, 'Hear that lonesome
whistle blow', 1977, pays more attention to legislators and money than a
typical history class. The Canadian railway system is also a good example.
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