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A few things that I’ve been thinking about is – is blogging going to stay relevant for long? I mean internet access has been becoming cheaper and faster across the developed world which makes things like video blogging (such as on YouTube) and podcasting more readily available. Yet those are still lagging far behind and text blogging is much more predominant. My own reason for text blogging is that I can write what I want at a slower pace, having more time to think and re-edit everything, which is something you don’t get with video or voice blogging – you have to just… talk. I talk to people every day, with perfect quality video and audio that the internet cannot achieve, and there is no point for me to do so on the internet ūüėÄ

So yes, I haven’t blogged in a loooong while. In fact this blog has been sort of abandoned – I think I will get back into blogging and change that ūüėÄ I’ve had a more active blog a few months before this one, but I closed it down due to some privacy concerns (which are no longer relevant, but oh well). There I was writing more on my own life with the hope of keeping up with some friends. But it turns out that most of them are technologically retarded (as I call it ūüėČ ) and do not understand words such as “RSS”. ¬†One friend who even had his own blog¬†was¬†shocked¬†in¬†horror¬†when¬†the¬†day¬†after¬†he¬†made¬†a¬†post¬†I¬†mentioned¬†it¬†to¬†him¬†in¬†person¬†–¬†he¬†could¬†not¬†understand¬†how¬†after¬†weeks¬†of¬†inactivity¬†I¬†could¬†know¬†about¬†him¬†making¬†a¬†blog¬†post.¬†¬†So¬†even¬†my friends who are bloggers¬†don’t¬†know¬†about¬†the¬†wonders¬†of¬†RSS!!!¬†¬†The¬†horror!

But¬†blogging¬†is¬†a¬†very¬†strange¬†phenomenon.¬†¬†While I¬†was¬†writing¬†blogs¬†for the limited target¬†audience that was not reading them, I was getting hundreds of hits per blog from total strangers!!! That’s amazing and I don’t quite understand why.

Anyway, so I’ve given up on picking an audience and I will just rant about what I feel like :mrgreen:

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I have spotted something interesting happening on YouTube – there is a sort of an¬†activist¬†movement to get out of Iraq, and 5 days on it is becoming quite big in the world of YouTube. ¬†It was started by a single¬†video¬†blog requesting viewers to post video responses saying “get out of Iraq”. ¬†And so they did, currently there are 168 video responses to the original video, almost all supporting his message, and if you watch some of the responses there are responses to responses also ¬†(not¬†to¬†mention¬†the¬†tens of thousands of¬†supporting¬†text comments). ¬†And a lot of these videos are getting quite a lot of views (16,735 on the original post at the time of writing) ūüėĮ

I personally don’t agree with a withdrawal from Iraq at this stage – as wrong as the initial invasion was, leaving it now could just plunge the country into civil war. If you make a mess you better at least try cleaning it up, though they have not done a good job so far ūüė¶ it looks to me like withdrawal will only make things worse. But nonetheless, this is quite interesting – in just 5 days, by doing nothing more but posting one short 3 minute video of himself talking, this 26yo Briton has reached tens of thousands of viewers, and has attracted over a hundred of supporters to post a video with the same message as him! This could not have been done so easily, and in so little time, with a traditional march-down-the-streets-with-billboards-saying-Get-out-of-Iraq sort of protest.

Here is one of the videos below:

In general, I think that as internet becomes faster, cheaper, and more widely available, more and more people would turn to video blogging rather than text (what I am doing now…) Rather than the more detached and impersonal text you can see people live delivering their message, with a live face to the message, with a voice, accent and emotion. This is already catching on at sites like YouTube.

Oh whoopie doo, did you know that sharing music is a horrible heinous crime against humanity?

Well it truly is. That’s nothing new. There is a wonderful association called RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America), centred in the land of the brave, has even been suing 12yo girls for $1000s of dollars. That will show those evil file sharers! Everyone downloads music illegally, but lets just pick a 12yo, sue her ass and show them who is boss! In the end, the RIAA was very very kind and generous and settled for just $2000. In another incident the RIAA sued a dead man for his estate, but come on, they’re not that mean, they allowed the family a 60 day grieving period.

Of course that is old news, now we are getting more and more excitement like legal music downloads from places like iTunes, which do their best to put so much DRM crap into their music that you get a track that even you can barely use whenever you want. iTunes is pretty much for iPod only, lots of other sites are not even iPod compatible. I have an iRiver (competitor of iPod) and I doubt that too much of this “legal” music will play on it.

There are free (but oh so illegal) options available to get all the music that you want, without the putting an evil piece of software into your PC that you can’t control and that won’t let you listen to your own damn music in whatever way you like – so how do these people expect us to pay them money for the extra inconvinience!

They preach bullshit about poor artists not being able to earn money off music if it is shared illegally… Have you seen Michael Jackson’s ranch??? ūüėÄ Oh poor, poor artists! How will they eat! You know, even if they officially gave away all their music for free, they would make more money than most of us could ever dream of! If you’ve ever been to a concert you’d see how many people there are and how much they pay for entrance each! Not to mention things like MTV, radio channels, movies, etc that pay them big $$$ for the rights their music.

After reading about law suits against kids and dead people, I’m not sure that I even want to support these guys even if they didn’t want to enslave my music!