One thing I hate about the music industry generally speaking is that if just doesnt give you very many options. I am 30 years old now, and I remember when I was a teenager. I live in Canada, not really close to any major cities. When I was a teenager all you really had were local radio and Muchmusic (similar to mtv in U.S.). Growing up if I wanted to listen to lets say, metal, rap, punk, electronic, etc music I really had no real way of getting it. Muchmusic did play some of that in 30min-1hr weekly shows like loud, but realistically it just wasnt that available. And now with conversions of muchmusic/mtv moving more towards reality tv shows over the years, I would say that it is worse now through conventional media. Where I live, radio has not changed in the past 15 years that much. There are country, rock and pop stations and thats about it.
Granted I dont like rap music for instance but I still believe that people should have a choice and they should be able to listen to what they want. This is one of the best things about the internet in my opinion. You can go to youtube, and you can listen to any type of music that you want, It doesnt matter where you live.
I tend to believe that the Internet is the greatest invention ever made but at the same time I also think its one of the worst.
When you look at issues like piracy and the UFC, I think the majority of people can agree that yeah its probably not right and can see how it is a form of stealing. One of the major problems though with the way I see with it, is you have people like Dana White who knows he sells 400k pay per views, and then he likely has some tech guys that tell him that maybe 500k people watched streams on the internet (I dont know what the numbers would be). So Dana takes those 500k people watching streams and thinks that he is losing 500k*$50 dollars. The reality of it is, at least in my opinion, that even if there was no internet streams, only 5-10% of people might of bought that stream in the first place, simply because the $50 cost is not worth it to them. Just because someone is watching it, doesnt mean they would buy it. Then you start to factor in that for the longest time, UFC has had no real tv deals and to this day, still really doesnt compare to many other professional sports. How many people would of got into the UFC, without the internet and streams in the first place? For alot of people I would guess that the internet gave them a more viable option and choice to get into the UFC than they would of otherwise had because similar to the music industry example I gave, UFC didnt start as a mainstream sport because they had no TV deals.
How many people actually buy PPV now because they started as fan watching from streams and the internet. I would tend to guess, that alot of people did. I really believe that the internet helped build the UFC to where it is today. But now that Dana has more of a solid base, he probably doesnt care about how he and his business got here. Obviously hes a business man and he wants to make as much money as he can but to think that this piracy is costing him millions of dollars I personally think its ridiculous, because piracy/streams is probably what made the company grow so fast in the first place.
I know for me personally at least in terms of the music industry, things such as Youtube have made me purchase more cds/itunes/etc than I would of ever bought. Because it gave me options and choices, and I found new music, I never would of never heard in the first place.
Last edited by Zubuis; 01-27-2012 at 12:56 PM.