At this time, Microsoft’s Bing has a blindfold test for search results so I tested it a little bit. While doing so I entered the search terms “Shostakovich” and “scores”.
As you can see in the screenshot below, one of the search engines returns results on where to legally acquire these scores, while the other search engine pretty much forces the user to pirate the sheet music. You can try this yourself by searching with Google or by searching with Bing [UPDATE: I did the search on both search engines with a US IP-address!). Hint: Microsoft’s seems to be respecting authors rights a lot better than Google.
It is amazing to me that there is public opinion out there that considers it a matter of free speech that person B links to and profits from material created by person A. But contrary to the oh-so-terrible content industry the new person B doesn’t even share their profit with person A who was the reason in the first place for the user to give attention that could then be sold. It’s specious. And it has nothing to do with free speech. Nothing. If you want more information on this issue I suggest you read the article “Meet the new boss, worse than the old boss” and to understand the money flow in this system please head over to popuppirates.com
It is amazing to me how little visually talented people recognize that quality of the sound. It is, what creates the illusion in the ambience and focuses the attention of the audience to what’s important: the story. If it sounds like it was recorded in somebody’s a kitchen, it’s very difficult to believe the illusion and get taken on the journey that the filmmaker intended.
There was even a study (PDF) done a couple of years back:
“As an interesting sidelight, we discovered that video with better quality and stereo sound were consistently rated as more likeable, interesting and involving. Viewers also rated programming with better audio as having higher picture quality, but this occurred in only one of the three test programs we ran.”
Knowing that Beethoven was really the first freelance composer that made a living without being “employed” by the aristocracy, I have to agree with the fact, that he was the original Rock’n’Roller and free spirit amongst the composers.
There are some really powerful and interesting TED talks that I really appreciated over the years. I even thought about making it a longer term goal to save up and go to one of the conferences. Who knows, maybe it’ll happen.
But reading this article I became very frustrated. How can it be that an organization dedicated to “Ideas Worth Spreading” censors a talk that focuses so clearly on the core of the social problems created by a disappearing middle class?
For me the central message here is the fact, that every human being depends on the next human being both as a consumer and as a creator. Especially in the media business we need to find a way to re-establish this respectful relationship. It has been damaged for the past 13 years by technological development driving a wedge between citizens on both ends of the spectrum.
We’ve had it backward for the last 30 years. Rich businesspeople like me don’t create jobs. Rather they are a consequence of an eco-systemic feedback loop animated by middle-class consumers, and when they thrive, businesses grow and hire, and owners profit. That’s why taxing the rich to pay for investments that benefit all is a great deal for both the middle class and the rich.