August 3rd, 2007

Once more with the Hegelian dialectic

Theses:
1. I have never liked Unix, Linux, Stallmanism etc. and I came to hate Macs during a year and a half working with a bunch of Mac zealot management consultants (*).
2. The insane 'ooh I can't watch EastEnders on my fridge, the BBC has been Borged, the sky is falling' stuff is pitiful. Even though I have stop reading the writings of the sad Canadian toilet obsessive, there is too much of this stuff in the noosphere to be able to avoid it.

Antitheses:
1. The BBC iPlayer thing does seem rather crap, viz some sort of half-arsed semi-web interface and some bought-in P2P thing. I can see when this is rolled out, the P2P aspect will be owned to such an extent that the UK will have to be quarantined from the internet until a crack-team of Eastern European spotty teenagers are brought in under UN aegis to clean up the info-toxic-waste slick. And yes, I am allowing for the fact that it's currently a beta.
2. Although one must accept realpolitik, since the BBC is essentially a monopsony, it should be getting 'release this free on the Internet' rights for programmes it commissions, making the entirely reasonable 'if you don't sign this, good luck getting commissioned to do the 3 minutes 46 seconds of original drama Channel 4 shows each year, or the next replacement for The Midsummer Minor Felonies' argument (**)

Synthesis:
The only solution is to cut myself off from the Interwebs, and whittle myself a set of crumhorns. Or maybe I shall write my goths, aliens and conspiracies novel.

(*) Obviously, on the 'Oceania is at war with Eastasia, Oceania has always been at war with Eastasia' front, the way the NuMac, aided by just enough support for Office by Microsoft, has split the 'anyone but Microsoft' crowd and set back the cause of Linux on the desktop is the funniest thing since the Molotov-Ribbontrop pact.

(**) No doubt Ofcom wouldn't allow this, another reason why letting them regulate the BBC was a stupid idea. They should be exempt from the OFT too. EastEnders brand baked beans, bring it on.

No, I still haven't gone out and got a life

Like ortho_bob (can't find the post, sorry) it seems somehow perverse to me the way the fanfic people enmeshed in the current LJ drama (if you don't know what you probably don't want to, count yourself lucky, serves me right for looking at my fflst) have appropriated the term 'fandom'. To me, 'fandom' means SF fandom as in Worldcons, Eastercons, propeller beanies, corflu, small boys E. E. Doc Smiths for goalposts, isn't it? Just as only the UK has stamps without the country on, only 'the' fandom does not require some sort of qualifier.
Talking of which, here is a link with the pictures (probably pointed out by pmcray) of UK SF fandom back in the days when everyone (more or less) wore shirts and ties to Eastercons http://efanzines.com/PW/Stars/