In the new TEKKA, Ed Ward writes about the confrontation between the music industry, the downloaders, and the people who make the music.
This whole file-sharing fracas has been in the news, ever since I got back, and it's good to see someone who doesn't just assume that music is something they make and you buy. It's good, too, that someone understands the world is bigger than the nearest shopping mall.
I especially like his point distinction between kids and connoisseurs. People act as if the everything turns on what Japanese preteens think is kawaii, because all those preteens shop the same way. But it's a big world: even in the village, we used to get CDs and videos. We'd all gather in Kestrel's house and watch Tom Cruise together. And yes, there are a lot of Japanese preteens, but there are a lot of villages in this big old world.
And, however far I went, I never got beyond video night.
That's one big difference, though: we'd watch and listen together. Not many iPods and personal videos in the village.
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