A pretty interesting video for any blogger out there.
“Alex Smith. Labour list.
What’s the key ingredient for blogging?
I think its about adding valiance in policy discussions, promoting people’s decisions, providing people with platforms that they may not formerly be heard. And just trying to advance the way we feel and what we believe about things.
Will Straw. Left Foot Forward.
What’s the key ingredient for successful blogging?
Well for Left Foot Forward I think its going back and providing some evidence on things, trying to move away from gossip and opinions. Actually drill down and see what’s really happening.
What’s one vital ingredient for blogging?
Short and succinct.
My name is Jessica Asato and I blog at the Progressive which is the progress blog.
I think it’s really important to provide a space for particularly for the unheard grassroots of political parties and movements to have their say. Otherwise they don’t really have somewhere to go which may be dominated by the leaderships of their political parties.
Sunder Katwala and I blog at Next Left, [inaudible] blog.
What do you think is the key ingredient is to political blogging?
I think it’s about finding something that people want to read, ideally what they want to talk about, write about themselves and that will carry around the blogosphere so that it gets the debate going.”
Concerning piracy/sharing info and open source: I sometimes wonder if it is possible (or inevitable?) that the role of money is going to diminish or even that in the end money will no longer exist because everybody will do the things they want to do. What do you think?
I think it is possible, but far off to the point of money not existing. On the other hand, I have been hoping for years that money did go away so people could download everything for free and you wouldn’t have to pay! The companies would get money by having ads. There would be more ads but you wouldn’t have to pay. An ever better approach would be to give money to an online site that would give it to the music artist. This money would fund the album and possibly the tour. Then if the music did well, you would get your money back plus more!
Money’s existence is inevitable. I think internet piracy is just an electronic shadow of the underground economies which undeniably offer cheaper and easier to process. These underground economies offer a possibly insurmountable horizon of products ranging from defective products to imitations to pirates. Furthermore, these economies offer a chance for the poor to utilize the resources otherwise only available to the rich, and I think that is why internet piracy is existent. As underground economies are coexistent with the facades of GDP and GNP, internet piracy is also coexistent with the digital economy.
It’s far-fetched to think that the money is going to end because of the need for people to supply themselves with free stuff, because everyone always wants something in return. Trade was always the most feasible way to get a product and it will still be for a few years.
I hope one day though we detach ourselves from the materialism of commodity and non-commodity trade: that one day we are able to exchange love and support for each other instead of plated coins that are only mere representations of our work and societal status. That one day, the world will be a better place to live in.
Money will exist no matter what, but I was trying to say that it will not exist in the form it is now. It is possible that money could become electronic and maybe just coins. I think the best way to reduce internet piracy is to make more things free. Once they are free then people won’t pirate them anymore. I think that there will still be some piracy for some products that are not offered, but it will be much less than it is now. I fear that if the music industry succeeds in their quest to destroy the file-sharing networks of the internet, that it will have an adverse effect on everyone. In October 2010, Limewire was destroyed by a U.S. district court and told to cease all operations. As a result, “the number of US music pirates decreased by 12 million [and] the number of people who downloaded music illicitly using P2P in the last quarter of 2010 has decreased by 43% compared to the year before.” (http://torrentfreak.com/us-music-piracy-plunges-after-limewire-shutdown-110324/) This is bad news for those who want to not pay for our products. If the big record labels win, then we will be paying exuberant prices and the prices will rise from what they are now. It will be horrible. There needs to be some sort of internet piracy out there to balance out the music industry. It is the check against the power of the music industry. Since it exists, the music industry lowers prices and releases at certain times to get people to buy the tracks provided. You say that “[internet piracy] offer[s] a chance for the poor to utilize the resources otherwise only available to the rich.” I think that is the reason that it must be kept intact, first by limiting the power of the music industry in some way.
I am very surprised that GE isn’t on the list or News Corp on the list. GE’s CEO is a robber-barron by “engaging in a conspiracy to rig bids on investment contracts and [working in weapons as well as having GE’s tentacles almost everywhere, making NBC completely bias and an unreliable news source]” In addition, “Comcast’s CEO Brian L. Roberts…kicked out Keith Olbermann to possibly ruin MSNBC [and from] becoming an asylum for progressives.” Rupert Murdoch, “has forced Fox employees said they were forced to take a right-wing view on issues or lose their jobs…along with trying to undercut the New York Times.” All of the things I just quoted are from my report on robber-barrons and captains of industry. Back to the corporations that “rak[e] in the green” as you call it. I am not surprised by Chevron because I heard they were sued for spilling oil in South America a while back, or by Haliburton, which has been known to be an evildoer corporation, or Pflizer’s scandal in Africa as revealed by WikiLeaks, or Exxon, since it Standard Oil in the past, making it inherently the evil corporation created by John D. Rockefeller, or BP (its Beyond Petroleum now, not British Petroleum) with its debacle with the oil spill in the gulf along with dealings in Africa. I am surprised by Coca-Cola (I didn’t think they caused that much devestation), Catepillar company (I thought they just made construction vehicles! They led to more conflict in the Mideast which is wrong), Ringham Brothers (I thought it was just a circus show but not it has animal abuse), Tyson (I thought they just sold meat but like Wal-Mart, they have violated worker rights) and Nestle (I thought they just sold chocolate, but they caused deforestation for palm oil plantations). I had never heard of Debeers (I did know of blood diamonds, but now I won’t be getting diamonds from them), Smith and Wessen (seller of guns, which lead to more violence), Phillip Morris (cigarette manufacturer, causing defects from the smoke in babies as well as well as other health effects), Monsanto (Pushes for GMOS while they dump waste in landfills illegally) and Dynacorp (Private military contractor that slaughters innocent people…sounds like Blackwater which was renamed Xe services). [responding to :http://brainz.org/15-deadliest-us-corporations/]
I am not going to vote for Obama in 2012 (as it seems now), but I want to see if we will give me a response on this issue. In 2008 in the second Presidential debate he said he would expand works programs such as doubling the Peace Corp. But, he didn’t. So, I created a petition on change.org to possibly change that. The power of the people will win if we work decisively.
SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER (D-WV): “There’s a little bug inside of me which wants to get the FCC to say to FOX and to MSNBC: ‘Out. Off. End. Goodbye.’ It would be a big favor to political discourse; our ability to do our work here in Congress, and to the American people, to be able to talk with each…
I have been thinking the same thing. I think that they should be bring back the fairness doctrine. I believe that “we need is a new political system with stronger third-parties and a media that keeps the political parties in check, not a polarized media output with some shows cast as ‘liberal’ (ex: MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher on HBO, etc…) and others as ‘conservative’ (FOX News, FOX Business and all other Fox channels,etc…).” [from my opinion piece ‘The Conservative Effect: An expose’]. I hope that someone makes the media like it used to be: having fair and balanced stories.
I am in support of this U.N.-led military action. We have to stop this injustice of Gaddafi killing his own people. Rights of all people worldwide are spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We need to protect those that want democracy. We need to “make the world safe for democracy” as President Woodrow Wilson once said. The UN actions at this time by the so-called coalition by BBC news should not include coming in with boots on the ground. That will start another war in the middle east. We do not need another war and the current actions are only helping the rebels win.
Other “problems” are a distraction from the fact that government is increasingly getting larger and larger, and that individual freedoms are getting smaller and smaller.
“Oh, we’re just going to install cameras in your room to watch you as you sleep, but look - the polar bears are dying!”
Think on that.
It’s true that the quest to make smaller government will ruin America. Do you really want people to die because they can’t get money from planned parenthood, have more abortions or more impoverished Americans? I don’t think so. Do you really want the EPA to stop regulating greenhouse gases? People will die, get sick and the life expectancy will drop. We will be going back to 1900. Do you really want to eliminate all funding from public broadcasting? Those channels are unique in that you can’t find those shows anywhere else and channels that aren’t bias like: FOX news or MSNBC. I do support a more responsible govt. where waste should be removed along with limiting American bureaucracy. In the end, what we need is responsible government that works in the interest of the people.