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Content Fearmongering

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Date: Oct 13, 2009 - 10:28 AM
Ars has a brilliant article covering 100 years of fearmongering, lies, and abuse by the content cartels.

The anxious rhetoric around new technology is really quite shocking in its vehemence, from claims that the player piano will destroy musical taste and the "national throat" to concerns that the VCR is like the "Boston strangler" to claims that only Hollywood's premier content could make the DTV transition a success. Most of it turned out to be absurd hyperbole, but it's interesting to see just how consistent the words and the fears remain across more than a century of innovation and a host of very different devices.
Welcome to the "digital" age. Kind of like the rest of them, and copyright law is still a poorly-written joke.

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