Camels With Hammers
Philosophy, Ethics, Atheism, Nietzsche
The first rule of lying is to tell plausible lies. The entertainment industry has not figured this out.
Odd, given that the willing suspension of disbelief is the foundation of entertainment media (well, excepting works intended to deconstruct the tropes supporting the viewer’s willing suspension of disbelief), and plausible lies are a good way to create that sense for an exciting but implausible narrative.
Trebuchet: wrong, the key is to tell a Big Lie, then repeat it over and over and soon people will believe it.
I don’t think they even care if the public believes it, as long as they can sucker in enough congress-critters.
Oh… do you mean like the Republican Party and Televangelists?
The problem is that their “big lie” fits in very easy with commonly accepted economic wisdom. If you see the economy as a generally supply-driven (or even balanced) economy, then the idea that piracy means that money that could be spent is not spent, ergo, job destruction.
However, if you look at the economy as almost entirely demand driven (as it almost certainly is), then that disappears. If I don’t buy this particular cultural good, then what else am I spending that money on? I’m not hiding it under the mattress, after all, it’s still being spent, just on something different, ergo, no lost jobs. (Or at least that particular sub-model is far too complicated to tell)
Or, some jobs are lost and they’re replaced by other jobs. Piracy definitely has an effect on who the winners and who the losers are, and these distortionary effects may be reason to do something about it (although I doubt it), but again, all of this requires an alternative view of economic reality, one that to be honest, I suspect is largely one for the lower classes who are living it.
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