Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Harry Potter vs. The Hulk/RIAA/MPAA

The New York Times has a piece up that wants to turn a discussion of Harry Potter and the Hulk into a commentary on the file sharing controversy. While the thread of the author's reasoning kinda jumps around a lot, the basic point seems to be a contrasting of an original work, the initial popularity of which had a lot to do with grass roots hype (Harry Potter), and the (as the author contends) non-original works of the major studios and lables, driven as they are by top-down hype (represented by The Hulk, though the movie seems to be targeted more for its status as a summer blockbuster that happens to be competing with the Harry Potter launch than anything else). Basically, the author suggests that the phenomenon of young teens and pre-teens lining up at midnight to buy an 800+ page book shows that this demographic, painted as media pirates with short attention spans in need of some lawyering, are merely victims of industries that provide low-grade entertainment for too much money.

Mozilla and hypocrisy

Right, but what about the experiences that Mozilla chooses to default for users like switching to  Yahoo and making that the default upon ...