Monday, January 15, 2007

trying to anesthetize the way that you feel.

Occasionally, you run across a statement by a senator or congressman regarding a piece of legislation that reads like a gaffe, but obviously wasn't. This one regarding legislation on restricting satellite and Internet radio recording, is courtesy of my own wonderful senator:

The proposal says that all audio services--Webcasters included--would be obligated to implement "reasonably available and economically reasonable" copy-protection technology aimed at preventing "music theft" and restricting automatic recording.

"New radio services are allowing users to do more than simply listen to music," Feinstein said in a statement. "What was once a passive listening experience has turned into a forum where users can record, manipulate, collect and create personalized music libraries."

Sounds like what all music lovers have been doing for decades, and an enterprising business discovered they could make money off it. Senator Feinstein has grandchildren. I'm sure one of her kids used those cassette things to make something called a "mixtape." Her grandkids are probably "ripping tunes to a CD-R" or their "iPods."

The new America is like Soviet Russia: here, music plays you!

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