Something that people were never going to pay for is not a loss.

Awwwe “Netflix may be losing $192M per month from piracy”.

Yeah you know, people share passwords, etc.

I had the response to this in my head, before reading in the thread :

“Something that people were never going to pay for is not a loss”.

Well, this is something I do understand. Do you?

I’m not attracted to Netflix or other faucets. I love movies though, and I torrent them a lot. And then if it’s good : I buy.

I don’t like the idea of faucets, in culture. I have CDs for music, thousands of books, and I own… walls of Blu-rays and DVDs. I’m old school, I’m sorry!

There are exceptions (I bought the Blu-ray box of Lady Bird, Manchester by the Sea and Phantom Thread, just because I loved the people around and read gorgeous reviews everywhere), otherwise : I buy when I watched and know it’s good.

It makes sense, right?

 

Thus, what I downloaded and disliked I, indeed, trash & never buy. It’s piracy, if you want, but it’s absolutely not a “loss” for a company.

Netflix could police, and surveil, and limit the passwords sharing, I’m sure. They don’t and shouldn’t because these “thieves” could… like what they see, and sign up later…

And as we talk about “studies”, some many others always showed this : the more people download (out of official faucets), the more they buy culture. It’s about curiosity, right?

I loved Stranger Things a lot, and I wanted to buy both seasons in Blu-ray. Nope : they don’t exist! You can buy the soundtrack, and stupid Pop Figures, that’s all (except for the Target limited edition – only in the USA). I understand it’s some kind of pressure to subscribe to Netflix, but, well, I don’t like faucets, I don’t like pressure either.

Something that people were never going to pay for is not a loss. Something that people want to pay for and doesn’t exist on purpose IS a loss.

What kind?

 

Thanks for reading!

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Pasternakisation

Communism in USSR : 1917 to 1991. It’s a long time for no-freedom! In these times, a single sentence could send you in Siberia for decades!

Many artists ran away, or became dissidents. There’s a wiki about them : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soviet_dissidents

Where I found that their possible paths were : “Exile, the mental hospital, or the labor camp”.

One safer way to resist, used by the people, was jokes and sarcasms. There are entire books of these! Talking, with persons well known, in kitchens, was the only way to express…

Today let’s talk about one Russian author : Pasternak, who, like Shostakovich, stayed in the country. Many others had to run away (Prokofiev, though he returned to Russia, Stravinsky, Nabokov).

There’s a study to make : How to stay under terrible political pressure and survive?

  • Offer nothing to grip. Pasternak translated classical authors in Russian for years.
  • Show your disagreement, but not enough to get shot.
  • Disappear into nothingness, get yourself unnoticed.
  • Hide.
  • Get so famous that you become almost untouchable. Then you can act strongly… or more risky.

Pasternak wrote Doctor Zhivago and got it published in Italy (after USSR rejection), and got the Nobel Prize. He had to reject it but the international impact was huge…

I’m interested by this attitude, between escape/evasion and staying/death.

How to stand up, dangerous maybe but not enough to get killed. How to resist invisibly. How to have an impact, without getting arrested for it?

Thanks for reading!

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Timid Blossoms Photography

27 Février 2019…

I live in the North of France. It should be freezing this time of the year. We often have snow until March!

These last days many records are broken. Therefore… plants and flowers are happy, they blossom in February like… three months too early.

Have a nice day!

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