Originally Posted by devincf
There's a generation that doesn't know how to earn what they want, that doesn't know the solid value of ideas, the value of stories, the value of entertainment. A couple of hundred of years ago it was almost impossible for a creative person to make a living being creative. Now we're headed back to that, and I'm having a hard time seeing how that's a good thing. In my world the idea of a poor kid with a gift for storytelling having a chance to perfect that skill and share it with the world is certainly better than a society where only dilettantes with expendable income get to be storytellers.
Okay, fine. No grad student nonsense here. That, right up there, is bullshit. My professional experience brings me into close contact with groups of people, aged 18-20, and gives me the privilege of having conversations with them about piracy, copyright, file-sharing, and the like. It's a big, big part of the class I teach. I can tell you, assure you, comfort you with the fact, Devin, that, despite my best attempts to point out flaws in our system of protecting intellectual property and to describe situations in which it might be ethical to openly break the law (read: most of them having to do with music), there is still a sizable segment of any classroom that I have stood in front of who will argue me down and tell me I'm wrong. "Kids these days" arguments piss me off to no end. It's buck-passing of the worst order.
Another thought for all of you - and I will admit near-to-total ignorance as to how films get made (though you fellows have taught me a lot), so let's play kind of nice, please - rampant piracy of American film is a problem, esp. outside of the United States. Many of you have pointed to the fact that this problem has a direct impact on the ability of small filmmakers to get their funding. The system (or, really, total lack thereof) that you've described through which filmmakers secure their various funding sources sounds sounds pure awful. I'm not trying to victim-blame here, but, while you're all down in it, talking about how to save the industry from piracy, might it also be worth having a discussion about how to fix the way funding is secured, to shore it up and defend it against the pitfalls that piracy creates? It's most definitely a discussion for another thread, but, man, I just had to say it.