Tina Fey Calls Out The Oscars for Political Correctness, Liberal ‘Hollywood Bull***t’

The Oscars this year left a lot to be desired. An industry which is deeply crony, corporate as all get out (anyone heard of Sony Pictures or the MPAA?), highly stratified, a boys club at the highest levels, collectively decided to try to shame the great unwashed on Sunday night on all manner of things. DiCaprio waxing about “corporate interests” (huh?) and “protecting the planet” while still smelling of fresh jet fuel from his flight into La La Land was classic.

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Last night’s Oscars was the biggest gathering of smug, self-important asses in living memory

The “spirit” of Hollywood.

Hollywood is a money making machine. (Most of the time.) It has also shown itself to be a retrograde industry which employs big time crony tactics to crush those who challenge the movie studio staus quo. (Think SOPA.)  It is a club which celebrates itself over and over and pretty effectively gets much of the world to buy into the charade. Even people with real power fall victim to movie star charms.

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Google: Hollywood Is ‘Trying to Secretly Censor the Internet’

You had some good times Hollywood. Just remember them. But now it’s time for a new thing.

That sounds about right. Hollywood, as we have seen over the years and particularly with recent “leaks” has no shame. They will do what they have to do to protect their increasingly dying product and distribution mechanism even if it means screwing up the Internet for everyone else.

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Mississippi Attorney General Dares Reporters To Find Any Evidence Of Hollywood Funding… So (TechDirt) Did

In case you haven’t been following this story, the Motion Picture Association of America, the trade group for Hollywood headed by former senator Chris Dodd, has been accused of “improperly” (that’s the right word at this point) influencing states’ attorneys general in an effort to make life hard for Google. Google, Hollywood believes, makes it too easy to find “pirated” content online. So the barons of the big screen may have been calling up buddies in AG offices around the nation to put pressure on the Internet giant.

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Obama nominates Pro-SOPA lobbyist to lead Trans Pac Partnership talks

Remember SOPA? The hiddeous beast of a bill sponsored by Hollywood which sought to jam the file content sharing genie back in the bottle? The bill that the whole Internet world rose up against and forced the politicians to back down on? Remember that? Well one of the lobbyists who headed the effort to severely restrict the Internet so that the media companies could cling to their outdated business models has now been nominated by Obama to head the effort in the secret (to us –

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Free Mickey Mouse! Copyright law, crony capitalism, and economic growth

Copyright in this country is a huge gift granted by Congress which benefits large media corporations primarily. Copyright as it is now,  life of the creator plus 70 years, stifles innovation and creation. In so doing it stifles the overall economy.

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Copyright actually keeps many books off the market, study says

We have incredibly restrictive copyright laws in this country. Big media companies have made the media marketplace worse for the public with these laws and may have even worked against their own interests by lobbying for overly restrictive copyrights according to a new study.

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When free trade is managed trade, The Trans-Pacific/Atlantic Partnership

Right now, secret negotiations which will profoundly affect what the 21st century global economy will look like are happening. You are not invited to weigh in. The power players of the world are busy negotiating the game for their benefit, and they are calling it “free trade.” It is not.

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