Monday, January 21, 2008

Rape of the Virgins

The Virgin megastore in Los Angeles shuts down this month. The one in Chicago just closed. So did the one in Salt Lake city. More are going to close, falling over like the Tower Records chain.

The compulsive bloggers will find a rationalization. They'll blame Virgin for not diversifying and selling books and DVDs as well as CDs. Oh. They did. Only people are now getting their books on bootleg PDF downloads, and their DVDs on bootleg avi and mpg downloads. Too bad.

The bloggers know no shame and they have every excuse. They "Share" (without asking permission). They are entitled to Google ad money for their hard work, but the artists don't deserve anything. Some openly declare they really don't give a damn about anything but themselves and how good they feel when they get compliments for "sharing."

If a blog is shut down they don't even take it as a sign that the artists are upset. They sneak to find a new host. If a file is removed they will impudently re-up, offended. If the law of their own country tells them NO, they will patronize some remote, communistic country where human rights are ignored. Anything to continue this sick compulsion to do what the artists don't want done: copying copyrighted work.

The result is people thrown out of work. Economies in trouble. Families ruined and uprooted. Artists unable to create or get new contracts. People forced to work for less, and at jobs they hate. All of it because bloggers have bad jobs, too much time, no creativity, and get their kicks by pretending to be in show biz in this most grotesque of ways. These illegal downloads are enabled by the Bill Gates-types of the world, much more evil and immoral than the RIAA or Warners or EMI. These illegal downloads are often found on sites that make money off the most despicable of porn ads aimed at anti-social people who don't understand what love is.

Sick people who adopt fake names that prove how moronic, evil and self-absorbed they are, make blogs filled with entire catalogs of stolen merchandise and crawl around forums desperate to put entire discographies out as part of some insane conspiracy. Why? Why not run a blog with your opinion, not what you steal? Why not offer one song on an album and not a 320 bit-rate copy of not just the entire album, but the artist's entire catalog? When did human beings lose all common sense and start acting so spiteful, so vicious, so cruel?

No doubt these bloggers also shrug about global warming, care not about abusing the planet, think only of themselves, and if artists get together to raise money to prevent murders in Africa...the album is upped for free just to get some Google ad money for the blogger, or a thank you. The bloggers have an answer for everything. If a virgin is raped, they smirk and say, "She asked for it."

Goodbye to the Virgin Megastores. You asked for it: you thought people might want to buy the work of artists who aim to entertain and enlighten...but this has become a world that fights fiercely for the "right" to steal. No reasoning with fanatics.


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