A simple statement reflects the attitude this administration has passed on to Americans
Yesterday, during a discussion about downloading music, an acquaintance of mine said that he never uses iTunes and always downloads songs illegally.
His argument was “well singers are already rich so it really doesn’t matter. And I go to concerts so they get my money anyway.”
When I said that I always use iTunes, he looked at me like I had two heads. I didn’t bother to explain it to him. I can tell when a discussion of capitalism and morality will fall on deaf ears.
Downloading illegal music is, of course, very small in the big scheme of things. But the rationale behind it is troubling, and of course indicative of many Americans’ attitude towards the rich.
The fact that the money from music not only goes to the artist, but also goes to a record company, which distributes revenue amongst hundreds of employees from the CEO all the way down to the janitor—never seemed to cross his mind.