Sign of the times, electronics industry reposesses the culture

I was walking down the street and I saw this shop, which used to offer the service of duplicating DVD’s in quantity, is now selling cards that a musician can sell at a gig, entitling the buyer to download their music.

Somehow, this makes me sad.

I do not like the i-tunes paradigm that you can’t get music unless you’re registered as having it. The trouble with this is if there is a massive profiling-of-the-dissidents in the near future, they can figure out who the dissidents are by their tastes in music.

Tim Powers, in one book of his, had the concept of a magical card game where if you look at the cards, the cards can see you.  This principle, unfortunately, is true of web pages and downloads.

[“I went down to the sacred store/where I’d heard the music years before/but the man there said the music wouldn’t play’– Don Maclean]


~ by eriknonesuchnelson on November 13, 2008.

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