Larry King doesn’t use the Internet, and doesn’t want to learn how to.
Nik Cubrilovic: “The stats for torrent downloads are staggering.”
I had a dinner in NY last night, so I missed the Republican debate.
The Nation summarizes an exchange with frontrunner Rudy Giuliani and Texas Congressperson Ron Paul, who said: “Right now, we’re building an embassy in Iraq that is bigger than the Vatican. We’re building 14 permanent bases. What would we say here if China was doing this in our country or in the Gulf of Mexico? We would be objecting.”
Here’s the actual video.
Giuliani has no basis for running on his ability to defend the country against terrorism, other than an impression that he made some people feel better when he appeared on TV after the 9-11 attacks. I didn’t have a TV then, so I remain perhaps the only American who doesn’t have fond memories of Giuliani, who I remember as a brash district attorney, definitely not Presidential material. New York politics, even though NY is our biggest city, is a very small little world.
I’d like to see the current NY mayor, a Republican, get into the race. Unlike Giuliani, he comes from the city, not its political system, and is a genuinely smart man, who uses his brain, and his heart.
And I like the effect Ron Paul is having on the Republicans. He may be their Howard Dean, four years later, and perhaps without the self-destructiveness. They need, we need, someone to connect that component of our policial system in reality, and he’s doing that quite well.
A few weeks ago they had the entire cast of Heroes on Larry King, I’m a big fan of the show, so I watched. It was worth it, if only to hear the story of Adrian Pasdar, who plays Nathan Petrelli on the show, who is married to Natalie Maines, a Dixie Chick.
When she tours, in Japan for example, she can’t get the show on broadcast or cable, so she downloads it from the Internet. No one remarked that this was illegal, or could get her a big fine or jail time. Larry King didn’t say a word, nor did any of his fellow cast members. No lawyer served him with a subpoena. It went unnoticed.
Did a little reality leak in? On one hand, artists want their work to be seen. And the Internet reaches everywhere, including places that broadcast and cable don’t. And it’s the perfect time-shifter. Why shouldn’t I be able to watch the Republican debate even if I happen to be in NY and eating dinner with a business associate at the time it was broadcast?
Isn’t it time for the entertainment industry to deal with reality, instead of making obvious deals with Alberto Gonzalez to impose insults to the Constitution and the people, in order to support their denial of technology that serves people so incredibly well.
Maybe they should star in their own reality show, you could call it Network Execs in Denial. Put them on an island with a bunch of real people and Internet connectivity and watch them pull their hair out trying to explain to them why what they’re doing is wrong.