RE: More on Metallica vs. Napster

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From: Adam L. Beberg (
Date: Mon May 15 2000 - 23:22:09 PDT

On Tue, 16 May 2000, Damian Morton wrote:

> (departing from the marxsist/lenninist view) perhaps its best to view
> napster as a market correction delivered to an industry that has survived
> through rigid control rather than any positive mechanisms. Maybe the
> recording industry will die, but the performance industry will live on.

Artists are no less-screwed in a performing world then a recording one.
The artists get about the same percentage of a CD or a ticket. Replace
the record label with the uber-scalper ticketmaster and promoters. When
bands talk about the T-shirts paying the bills, they aren't joking. Look
at all the bands that start their own labels, don't see them getting
rich do you? [hint: no]...

Besides, who would goto a concert without a CD and lots of MTV? The fact
is it's increadably freaking expensive to brainwash large numbers of
people into buying anything, no matter how sexy the dancer in the video
is. So where does all that money go... into brainwashing that's where,
a.k.a. advertising.

Most likely the only ones that will die off are the non-prefabricated
artists. This whole movement of people unwilling to pay for anything
will get what they want, nothing worth paying for, just the next

Look it's a hot [boy|girl] wiggling their ass in a million dollar
video... buy buy buy! What's the song about... just more talk about
[heartbreak|sex|a hot [boy|girl] wiggling their ass|yelling into mic]...
Wash, rinse, resample, release another CD...

- Adam L. Beberg
  Mithral Communications & Design, Inc.
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