osOpinion: Geek Hypocrisy
Aug 02, 2000, 03:46 (11 Talkback[s])
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"I've been sitting back watching the geek subculture for a
few years now, and I've noticed a trend that I despise: geeks are
hypocrites. That's not a universal statement, just something that
seems to fit the majority."
"I've noticed this fact has reared its head since Napster became
a household name (well, in the houses of the technocentric, at any
rate). I've seen how the majority have used Napster's legal
troubles as a point to rally around -- to give us all a common
point to launch our smear campaign against "The Man". We seem so
noble in our valiant effort to help the underdog music artist fight
the unjust recording contracts. We're nothing but virtuous in what
we say... but then we come back and download the top 40 hits. That
strikes me as odd."
"Let me continue by noting that if we were really interested in
helping the small time artist, we'd all be conscious of what labels
put out the CDs we buy. We'd be attempting to support Nothing,
DeSoto, TVT, etc. But here we are, all buying from Sony and Geffen.
Someone sound the inconsistency alarm, please."
- Eric Raymond: Two Faces and Big Lies(Jul 30, 2000)
- LinuxGuru.com: Fight the Power! Thoughts on the Napster Trial.(Jul 28, 2000)
- Linux Magazine: From MP3s to Bottled Water: It's All Open Source(Jul 27, 2000)
- LinuxPlanet: Editor's Note: Why Are We Defending Napster?(Jul 27, 2000)
- Salon: Why the music industry has nothing to celebrate(Jul 27, 2000)
- Advogato: Against FreeNet(Jul 27, 2000)
- Wall Street Journal: Napster Lays Claim to New Frontier, But It Doesn't Want Any Company(Jul 26, 2000)
- InternetWorld: Who Gnu? - What Gnutella Reveals About the Flaws of Constraint Models(Jul 09, 2000)
- VNU Net: Napster hides behind 'home recording' law(Jul 05, 2000)