Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thank you Kraft, A Corporation to be Proud of, for once.

In a truly brave and amazing statement Monday, Kraft maker of Oreo cookies posted a picture to their Facebook depicting an Oreo cookie stacked with the colors of the rainbow, the caption underneath reading:  June 25 | Pride.

Almost immediately the picture sparked a controversy, with comments in the thousands. Although most were positive, many of the religious right left comments talking of a boycott. I myself found it a wonderful statement by a corporation for once. I’m so used to seeing and hearing utter nonsense from the corporate world that to hear anything positive like this makes me think maybe it’s not too late after all. Maybe some corporations are worth a little redemption, and even if this is purely a PR stunt, it’s a good one and worthy of our support. For too long have the corporate world stood silent, with very few companies coming out in support of anything unpopular. Let’s face it folks, whether it’s right or wrong, unpopular things tend to leave certain people and companies as pariahs for making bold statements like this one in the past. Companies tend to stay out of this kind of thing because of that, and its high time we ask them to do a little more. Only when everyone who stands for civil rights, including the corporations, stands up against religious persecution from the right, can we as citizens truly live free.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Prometheus continued...

If you have not read my thesis on the film Prometheus, I recommend reading it first before reading this article. You can find it here.

I don’t really like to do this, but I felt it necessary after the comments I received in email, on the web, and through conversations with people. Not in a while has a movie been such a divisive topic of conversation as this one has, and never have I had so many people send me hate mail or praise me simultaneously before. So as I said, I don’t like to do this, but this article will continue my discussion of the film Prometheus.

First I want to say that since I released my thesis, I have received a lot of email on the subject as well as commentary for some things I have said, on this blog and on the web in general relating to the subject. I will try to fit as much of it in this article as I can so I don’t have to create a third part later to continue this discussion further.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Prometheus: An Amalgamate of Mythology, Religion, and Science-fiction, Worthy of a Second Look.

Before continuing, please note that this is a thesis that will contain spoilers to the film Prometheus and if you haven't seen the film yet, (What the hell is wrong with you?) you should see it first and then read this thesis.

A year ago when I heard Ridley Scott was making a prequel to the hit film Alien, I knew it was going to be spectacular. At that point I hadn't known yet what he would call it, but it didn't matter, as anything Ridley Scott makes, tends to be art meets science-fiction. So when I heard the name of the movie would be called Prometheus, I immediately knew that it was going to be something special.

Those who are unfamiliar with Greek mythology might not pick up on it, but the title immediately resonated with me, and I knew we would be seeing a creation story of some sort, though at this point little information about the film was available. So first a lesson on Greek mythology because it bares of some importance.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Corporate Interests, and 14 Years of DMCA Abuse

In 2005, Google submitted to the government of New Zealand a brief discussing that government's proposed copyright law. In that brief, Google noted that since the enactment of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998, 57% of all take-down requests were issued by corporations with competing products, and 37% of all requests were flat out not valid. Since that time those numbers have certainly only increased. In May of this year, Google began publishing it's DMCA take-down data in an act of transparency, with staggering results. Google responds to over 1.2 million requests a month, astounding numbers to say the least, but what should concern you is that more than half of those are invalid claims filed by competitors and more than a third are simply false claims. If we do the math on that, about 684,000 take-down requests each month are invalid because a company is trying to undermine another companies competing product and 444,000 take-down requests are completely false outright, having no valid copyright claim to begin with. These numbers of course are based entirely on the 2005 report issued by Google, although seven years later, those numbers will have surely increased, as all indications is that they would.

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