If I Had My Way
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From: Doug Skoglund - email@example.com
Date: Monday, Jan 09, 2012
Subject: My Way LVII - Stupid??
Forrest Gump's "Stupid is as stupid does" is a variant of an old adage, "Handsome is as handsome does." This saying appears in J.R.R.Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings" and in Herman Melville's "Billy Budd," and can be traced as far back as the 14th Century.
Now, I am not quite ready to call you journalist types, "stupid" -- but, I am getting awful close. We human beings have a tendency to do a lot of dumb things: however, the continuation of something dumb is really stupid -- right??
I am referring to the fact that you do not control the distribution of your product -- a situation that applies to other members of the media also. It is really a hit-and-miss kind of system. If we look at the entire content creation industry, we see all kinds of methods -- radio, television, cable, disc, newspapers, internet, download -- need I go further??
You could, however, gain a large chunk of control over that distribution if you had your own database. Rather that publishing your content to millions of servers all over the world -- with no possibility of control -- why not publish to one gigantic distributed database where each and every publisher has control over its own publications
Think about that a little bit -- it is the "publishing" protocol that can do the controlling -- with a little assistance from the law makers. Copyright law should apply to "published" content, allowing legal copies to be identified -- and possession of illegal copies be punishable under the law. I suspect that the technical people could work out the details without too much trouble.
We don't need SOPA, since the above proposal would stop all "online piracy." And can't you see how continuation of the present dumb system of free content is getting awful close to "stupid??"
Even Dave Winer has seen the need in his post, "The internet will reboot":
Now all we have to do is have a distributed database that's not owned by the US Govt that lies offshore. I can't imagine what that might look like.
I tend to disagree about the Govt, the offshore, and it will look like Google, obviously!!
To be continued (I Hope)
Doug Skoglund firstname.lastname@example.org
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