Can technology create a tyrant’s World of Pain?

ColinmunroeI think so.

The music industry used to be dominated by a few despots that forced their will on recording artists. The contracts were massive and one-sided. Their monopoly was on marketing, talent development and distribution.

They ruled as if they would always be on top of the heap.

And then along came file sharing software and their empires seem much less certain these days.

They defended their “intellectual property” using methods from the industrial revolution.

They sued. And they sued. And then they sued some more.

The result? They just looked like morons and millions of songs still get ripped every day. Sure things are in flux but at least there’s diversity and innovation rather than mindless control.

When Colin Munroe can make his own music and sell it directly, the world has changed for everyone in the music industry.

This is a cool video. Welcome to a tyrant’s World of Pain.

World of Pain, Colin Munroe

A man on a bridge
a thief that is I
a boy with a dream
who’s ready to die
one of those days
and one of those fades away

There’s a house on a hill
and a house in a hole
the pride of the girl
the pride of the boy
and all in a day
the pride can be taken away
and all the streets are the same
when all you have is your name
you’re nothing more than you seem
and less than you dreamed you’d be, yea

Cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain, oh my
welcome to a world of pain

A beautiful girl
with diamonds for eyes
she’s all that you want
she’s living your life
but try as you may
your beauty will fade away
and its a sign in the sky,
a mark in the sand
a rhyme that you hear
but you don’t understand
fortune controlled you used to be given away,
and in this life it’s all the same, and all you have is your name
you’re nothing more than you seem,
and less than you’d dreamed you’d be
yea

Cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain, oh my
welcome to a world of pain
cause there is a time for love
and a time for hate
a time for you
and a time for me
oh my
welcome to a world of pain

But living is half the dream
and when its your time to die
its not what it seems to be
so take your time
whoa oh oh

Welcome to a world
cause there is a time for joy
and a time for rain
a time for loss
and a time for gain
welcome to a world of pain

Cause there is a time for love
and a time for hate
a time for you
and a time for me, oh my
welcome to a world of pain
baby don’t you cry
it’s better if you smile
welcome to the world

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