The inevitable truth is: web users are immensely powerful. Through no more than word of mouth, they can make an idea or a product spread like wildfire all over the web in a matter of hours, introducing it to millions of people. What if you could harness this power and use it to your advantage?
This is an entry I just published on my blog. It’s not the sort of thing I usually write about, but I think it makes a good point.
Curiously, Mr. Nostrich fails to mention NIN, who sold one four-CD album online for $5 (download version), allowing you to get the first disc for free from him OR bittorrent sites, and then stuck up his next album online completely free BEFORE selling it in shops. Which just goes to show what the big bands are beginning to think about digital distribution.
“Wanted: Editorial Assistant
Job Description: Must enjoy late-night hot-tubbing, chain-smoking, binge dessert eating, drinking hard alcohol, mixing margaritas and driving large cars in a reckless manner. Should be able to withstand frequent yelling and loud noises, unintelligible rantings, and handle firearms and exploding targets with ease. Knowledge of soft porn a plus. Curiosity about the limits of sleep deprivation helpful. Knowledge of housecleaning and faxing imperative. Young and sexy recreational drug users encouraged to apply.”—Gonzo Girl—”I Was Hunter S. Thompson’s Assistant” | Memoirville (via nosmo).
Needless to say, this sounds like an ad to become one of Spider’s assistants.
Remember how we’ve always been told that free markets and free people go hand in hand? That was a lie. It turns out that the most efficient delivery system for capitalism is actually a communist-style police state, fortressed with American “homeland security” technologies, pumped up with “war on terror” rhetoric. And the global corporations currently earning superprofits from this social experiment are unlikely to be content if the lucrative new market remains confined to cities such as Shenzhen. Like everything else assembled in China with American parts, Police State 2.0 is ready for export to a neighborhood near you.