Say you want a revolution?
July 25, 2000 1:04 PM   Subscribe

Say you want a revolution? Well you know, we all want to change the world..
posted by ZachsMind (3 comments total)
That reminds me, I've been meaning to download more Beatles songs from Napster.But I don't think boycotting the RIAA is going to help fight for Napster. One thing it might do is eliminate one of Napster's strong points - that CD sales have gone up since Napster has been used.
posted by deckard at 1:17 PM on July 25, 2000

That's why you have to let RIAA know you're boycotting them. Say "This month, I'm not buying any CDs from you. Suck it, Bitch."

(umm... you're welcome to modify the language as you see fit.)
posted by cCranium at 1:59 PM on July 25, 2000

If the percentages dropped even ten or fifteen percent in August and then shot back up in the fall, it would send a message to RIAA that would give Hillary Rosen a couple sleepless nights, without making things worse for Napster.

But why does that matter? We should simply dump RIAA artists entirely. I love the works of many fine established artists who worked within the RIAA to survive, but they already have my money. I don't need to look to the big corporations to find good music any longer, and I don't need to "share/steal" mp3s via Napster or Gnutella. I don't need to look to established artists and names seen on top forty lists. I can make my own top forty lists. So can you.

If the 'celebrities' want the attention of the consumer again, they can break their contracts with RIAA, cut their losses, and join us online. There's easily a dozen equally talented artists to ANY band out there sucking on Rosen's teets right now. They just take a little looking for online. We don't NEED the Madonnas and Stings of this world anymore. WE can choose where the limelight is shone. We can choose which microphones to listen to. Of course, those not yet online will continue business as usual. RIAA really has nothing to worry about in the short term. If they don't adapt though, I give them ten or twenty years before they go the way of the drive-in movie theater.

Personally I don't want to change the world. I want people afraid of change to let go and let the world change at its own natural pace.
posted by ZachsMind at 2:54 PM on July 25, 2000

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