Wednesday, December 22, 2004

I have been thinking on this topic for a while but I think that Mark Pesce says it best.

Abridged Comment

Hey, Hollywood! Can you feel the future slipping through your fingers? Do you understand how badly you've screwed up? You took a perfectly serviceable situation - a nice, centralized system for the distribution of media, and, through your own greed and shortsightedness, are giving birth to a system of digital distribution that you'll never, ever be able to defeat. In your avarice and arrogance you ignored the obvious: you should have cut a deal with
In partnership you could have found a way to manage the disruptive change that's already well underway. Instead, you have repeated the mistakes made by the recording industry, chapter and verse. And thus you have spelled your own doom.

It's said that the best sequels are just like the original, only bigger and louder. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare yourselves for one hell of a crash. This baby is now fully out of control.

Mark Pesce
20 December 2004
Released under the Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

The complete article can be found here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

There was a copy of wired a few years ago that fortold the future. Every so often wired still gets it right ;-)

This one featured William Gibson and others on guerilla film making and said that if Hollywood couldn't see the way p2p was going to disrupt their channels film makers would ditch them and do it on their own.

Just as cheap computer hardware, free software and the uptake of open file formats makes podcasting possible pretty soon we can all make, produce and distribute our own films. If it works for indy news producers and linux radio shows it can work for anything ;-)

Just as the church and governments of europe took years to recover from the printing press and increased literacy Holywood is one of the old school relics that will suffer from computer literacy.

I've got a great idea for a film about a bunch of students who go into a wood to film a documentary about a witch hunt! Now if only I could distribute it without selling my soul?