Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK national accounts | Society | theguardian.com

Drugs and prostitution to be included in UK national accounts | Society | theguardian.com.

Are you kidding me with this stupidity? Who checks these numbers? Who reports their drug sale? How accurate are prostitution reports?

This can be used as a number to just get the GDP to where it looks good and the bonds don’t loose their value. A gigantic scam if you ask me.

Italy announced this as well recently.

A recipe for disaster and I’m mortified.

The political dimension of Moby’s marketing campaign

I don’t care, that he gives away his stems or even his physical instruments or every third bit on his hard drive or even his left finger.

I care, that he uses the lingo and reasoning of the copyleft movement in order to be popular and promote his giving away his stuff (the giving away part, I’ll say it again, I don’t care about either way!!)

This is a political statement that enforces, validates and promotes the arguments of all the copyleftists.

And this I do care about deeply. And coming from him, who had his career built on millions upon millions in marketing dollars when those dollars where still flowing because the people believing in him could actually sell something, it is an outright slap in the face of all the people who helped him and at the same time to all the people who have to negotiate their fees on a daily basis with filmmakers, studios, stations and agencies. Because we get asked: but hey, even Moby is giving away his stuff, why don’t you?

This race-to-the-bottom is a reality every single day in my work.

I don’t know how else to say it and if it’s still unclear that I don’t care about the fact that he gives away his stems I’ll say it again for good measure:

I don’t care that Moby gives away his stems!

I care that he makes an opportunistic political statement that deeply weakens the artists that start out today, because it severely weakens their position against every filmmaker, studio, broadcaster, developer, advertising agency and web platform that want to use their work.

 And as much as we like the love, it just doesn’t pay the bills.

How snide algorithms and social media marketing can be

This was taken from the video of Matt Damon reading a Howard Zinn quote. I don’t think many people realize that he was reading someone elses words and were just cheering him on for who he is.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m very glad that he uses his position to bring social injustice and social challenges to our attention, but he could have also read who the quote was from. Because this way, a lot of people who don’t really know just think: oh, he’s a cool guy and he does intelligent social commentary.

Anyway, the point really is that at the end of the video, the little rider slides in from the right, which I thought was just a farce in and of itself. I did not click it although I hate corruption.

Google würde grün wählen. Und Du? | Der Musikpartisane

Mein ganz persönliches Gefühl, gut ausgedrückt:

Für dich, wie für viele Künstler, waren die Grünen immer eine politische Heimat, und auch der Musikpartisane hat, seit er denken kann, immer grün gewählt. Vergessen wir mal, dass der  grüne Minister Michael Vesper in NRW  unter Rot-Grün von 1995 bis 2005 breitbeinig den Kulturbereich zusammengekürzt hat. Vergessen wir mal, dass die grüne baden-württembergische Ministerin Theresia Bauer ein paar Musikschulen zum Systemabsturz bringt, um das gewonnene Geld dann in irgendeine Studienberatung zu stecken. Vergessen wir mal, dass die Grünen die Neufassung des Urhebervertragsrechts 2002 mitgetragen haben, das nach massivem Druck von Verlegerseite zu Ungunsten der Urheber aufgeweicht wurde. Das wollen die Grünen jetzt im Sinne der Urheber wieder etwas aufpimpen, womit nur die bittere Pille versüßt werden soll, die du als Künstler zu schlucken hast: im Netz sind deine Rechte nicht durchsetztbar, komm klar damit!

Ich bin frustriert, hilf- und ratlos.

Google würde grün wählen. Und Du? | Der Musikpartisane.

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!

I know I write this too often, but I’ve been thinking exactly what this article puts into the right words. Disruption is all fine and dandy, but what does it really do for a society and especially the middle class?

What this means is that Silicon Valley venture-backed startup companies generally make worse, not better products. Their main advantage is that they are cheaper and therefore more accessible to the average person, which enables populist-sounding marketing. So Airbnb is cheaper but worse than a hotel; blogs are cheaper but worse than newspapers; user-generated content in general is free but worse than professionally produced content.

Startups: Innovation Through Inferiority!.

Interview with the Guardian editors who broke the PRISM news

This interview raises a couple of discussion points that are central in the debate about government surveillance and that are really the issues we as a society have to talk about and balance with our need for security.

– oversight

– the ability of citizens to dissent (a central element in a democracy) without going into self-censoring

– journalists ability to privately communicate with sources and in doing so protecting those sources

It’s worth watching:

Internet, media, marketing and honesty

Over the past 15 years of using the internet, one of the memes that always comes up is that of “connecting people” and that of getting to the bottom of things, the “spreading of knowledge”.

My experience is a different one: it used to be this way. I remember when researching about my canoo trip in northern Canada, I found lots of really useful pages of people who had done these trips before or who lived in the area and took pleasure in informing. This sort of research has pretty much disappeared from my life, because it’s almost impossible to find valuable information. SEO and bland content farming created a worthless web of information (pardon the pun).

Going hand in hand with this is the delusion of democratizing relationships because you can now directly “connect with your fans”. As this latest story on Mashable about George Takei’s ghostwriter shows, it’s the same as it used to be: the audience is falling for manufactured publicity from professional media creators, only now it’s even harder to recognize and the audience is actively helping to promote it.

I’m sorry, but this doesn’t strike me as a free thinking society but more of a blatant display of how sheepish humans can be and how important it is to be alert and observant.

BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world

I truly wonder how the f this happened:

Germany is the most positively viewed nation in the world in this year’s annual Country Ratings Poll for the BBC World Service.

via BBC News – BBC poll: Germany most popular country in the world.

… and it’s not even April fools day or anything. What a strange headline 73 years after some of the worst atrocities the world has ever seen committed by Germans.

But let’s not be complacent, there’s still a lot to be done:

  • turning Germany into a true immigration country
  • fixing the worlds energy/co2 problems through smart new technology
  • elevating the education system to even higher standards
  • focusing on raising children as true world citizens not just engineers
  • oh and better cookies.