MODULE 5 – SUMMITIVE POST

It seems that the angle I have taken towards online piracy, downloading, and the change in the music industry has struck a cord. The comment I recieved on my post agreed with me, seemingly whole heartedly on most issues. The only difference came in the remixing of music. Firstly, we both agreed that the change of physical types of music (CDs, tapes, etc,.) disappearing and being replaced with digital files is sad. The ritual of purchasing a CD or tape, and placing it in a machine that has to read it in order to play it has been done away with. This is probably even more so shocking for consumers who have been around music for a very long time (who saw the evolution of vinyl, and other forms of music consumption). We both agreed that the music industry has been changed for good. This make it obvious that changes need to be made, but in what respect? How can there be a happy medium between allowing users to download, and not robbing artists of a product they have worked very hard to create? This is where the new age of music technology becomes precarious. It is very difficult to draw up a blueprint that would work in all situations. To me it seems like there is not a “one-size-fits-all” solution to this issue. It will more likely be an on going, continuous struggle for the music industry to find its new niche in todays digital age. Finally, we disagreed on the remixing of music (such as what some hip hop artists do, or DJs do daily). The comment seemed to think that this act should be deemed illegal. I disagree witht hat standpoint because that erase4s some of the creativity that is being created with todays digital forms of music, especially with DJ’s and electronic dance music (of which I am an avid fan). These issues all revolve around the exponential development of technology and how certain industries are going to deal with this. Other industries have taken a hit too. Nobody buys newpapers, because news is available free online. Rarely do people buy DVDs of movies, or TV shows (as they did before) because this is also available online. I agree that some changes need to be made in order to potentially regulate this type of piracy, but I dont think making certain aspects illegal will do anything (as we have seen with downloading music, not much change came with the attempted criminalization of downloading music).

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