Everyone’s all atizzy about Amazon’s recent decision to removed unauthorized copies of 1984 from the Kindle. All of a sudden, we’re reminiscing nostalgically about the freedoms inherent in paper and how the new digital era represents a grave threat. Seriously?
When we were all napstering and torrenting away, digital information represented us sticking it to the man and a sign that RIAA was so desperately out of touch with the changing media landscape. But as soon as the same phenomena hits us, we end up responding exactly the same way that RIAA did, desperately trying to preserve the institutions of print media despite arguments from first principles about how such a thing is impossible.
I hope there’s some dude at RIAA right now who is fully appreciating the irony of all this.