Greetings Dieselfunkateers! When the Road is long, one has a lot of time to write. I was on a LIRR trip which gave me time to sit….if only for a bit. I know there’s been a lot of tumult going on with the FCC ruling and the Disney/Fox purchase. The FCC action is largely looked down upon by most. Many are happy to see the Disney action. Many are not. However, do not be discouraged. No company or entity can claim all intellectual and creative space, although they may try. Let me explain…
Don’t be sad. Be glad
Instead, look expansively at current events. I’ll explain. The FCC ruling was all about legacy corporate entities trying desperately to turn back the clock. The complete and total disruption of their industries by the internet demands that they turn back the reasonable, yet radical rules that net neutrality put in place. Will they succeed? The truth is, Comcast and their like can’t survive, let alone dominate, in a future where Netflix, Amazon, Facebook, Google, and God knows what other chaotic technology comes along. How soon before Uber offers “Movies in a Car”. Or “Take a Car to the Movies” option? Tidal may yet get it together. The old ways can’t compete with that.
Don’t be Sad. Be Glad.
Disney bought Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel, and now Fox, to Survive. Certainly, I’ll be amongst the throngs to happily consume the upcoming X-Men VS Avengers movie. But of course I in no way benefit monetarily from this. No doubt many will lose jobs. Particularly in the administrative class. But Disney did what they did because they had to. No different than Netflix buying Millarworld. IP ‘Intellectual Property’ is EVERYTHING. Have no fear young Jacob.
Don’t be Sad. Be Glad.
For the CONTENT CREATOR…BE GLAD.
Surely YouTube won’t shut down and then Casey Neistat, Roberto Blake, Gary Vaynerchuk , and We Are The Russos” will stop making kickass vlogs. No doubt Facebook Watch will continue broadcasting “George Takei Presents”, “Humans Of New York” and “ Dad Jokes”. Just like The Black Tribbles, Black and Blurd, Blerd Girl/Gurl/CityValkyrie Nerds, Afronerds and Tim Ferris’ will keep talking.
Atlanta will Return. She will still have to have it next Season. And Issa will still be brilliantly Insecure. Scifi’ Expanse will continue expanding like AMC will keep Walking. Tyler Perry will keep making a show a week. Plus do you really think HBO is throwing in the towel? Vice, GOT, REALLY?
Watch out for Shondaland on Netflix and OPRAH will still OWN mugs regardless of how much stock she sells. And Yes, PHLO will see the light of day.
And Laverne Cox will still dominate the Trans mainstream. Just like Indya Moore will POSE her way to Stardom. Welcome to Disney dear:-)
CNN, MSNBC, GMA, Today, The Young Turks, Democracy Now, Daily Kos, Reich’s Resistance, and HuffPost will continue to aggregate. Ain’t it Cool, Bleeding Cool, Comic Nerds of Color, Nerds of Color, CBR, They Call Us Bruce, Outhousers Taji Mag, Fabulize, and Comixcast will most definitely report. Even those crazy bastards at Redstate and Breitbart will still tell it however they want to see it.
And YES, The DIESELFUNK SHOW will continue.
Scholastic will still publish. Abrams will still publish, DC will still publish, Image will still publish and C Spike Troutman and Boom and Rosarium, and Fantagraphics, and Ava’s Demon And on and on and on.
Just like Big City, Lion Forge, Milestone 2.0, Kid-Comics and Corn Tortilla Comics will PUBLISH.
And YES, Dieselfunk Studios will PUBLISH.
And BLACK KIRBY will still draw just like James Mason, Micheline Hess ,N Steven Harris, Liz Mayorga, Aaron Diaz, Jeph Jaques, Chuck Collins, Keith Knight , David Brame, Daniel Warren Johnson, Jason Gonzales Jamal Igle, and yes, Stroman and even Barbara Brandon…just wait:-)
And YES. I’ll keep drawing and writing too.
Bendis will continue to write..thank goodness, like Walker, Easton, Garret, Sawyer, Gifted, Puryear/Alexander and Brabner, Hopkinson, Okorafor, Barnes,Due, Jeffers, Burham, Peltier, Davis, Crownson, Díaz and Goodreaux.
133art and Peepgame will Print-On-Demand. Just like Dieselfunk.
I won’t even bother with music. They already know the deal when old industries try to stop newer, more dominant industries. Napster, Spotify,and Boston said so.
Too many to name and not enough time…
Think of it like Trump after Obama and now Alabama. That Pendulum done swung. And it’s gonna swang again.
Does a Disney or FCC thingy really mean you’re gonna stop? Is Zuckerberg or Besos or YOU gonna allow this to stop you from producing, or acting, or composing, or dancing, or filming, or writing or, Dare I say it…standing in long lines and VOTING?
Are you ready to walk through snow?
Even through a graveyard, for your Content like I did today?