Bangalter talks a lot—about art, and technology, and blockbuster movies like Star Wars, which he loves. De Homem-Christo barely talks at all, which is disconcerting at first and then sort of fascinating. Later I’ll give the two of them a ride home in my car, and from the backseat, de Homem-Christo will break character to beatbox the hard-hitting percussion break in Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It” when it comes on the radio, a sublime and unexpected moment, like watching a goat yell like a man. It’s always been like this: Bangalter is the guy who generates the raw material, the one who more often has his hands on the actual instruments; de Homem-Christo is the group’s editor, its taciturn enforcer.
Nobody watches YouTube or reads Inspire and becomes a terrorist. It’s absurd to think so. YouTube videos and reading Al Qaeda magazines tends to be far more relevant for sustaining commitment than inspiring it.
John Horgan, director of the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University
The NRA represents the interests of gun manufacturers, not gun owners. This will become increasingly clear as those manufacturers begin to feel threatened by 3D printers. The NRA will start behaving like the RIAA. It will go after its own members. It will alienate those on the cutting edge of gun culture. It will repel anyone under 40. As the remaining membership becomes even whiter, angrier and older, it will get more dangerous. Then it will implode.
The proximity of [Iron Man 3’s] highly publicized release with the Boston Marathon bombings simply makes it the latest, most conspicuous example of how profoundly disconnected big studio movies of this sort are from the world in which the rest of us live. The point isn’t that movies like “Iron Man 3” don’t have any business taking on tough issues. The point is that, if they are to be worthy of the art, worthy of the audience and its time and its money, worthy of the legacy of those Hollywood movies that comforted and cheered Americans through world wars and bleak times, they should take on the toughest issues — not just exploit them.
What are you doing to combat piracy?
One of the things is we get ISPs to publicise their connection speeds – and when we launch in a territory the Bittorrent traffic drops as the Netflix traffic grows. So I think people do want a great experience and they want access – people are mostly honest. The best way to combat piracy isn’t legislatively or criminally but by giving good options. One of the side effects of growth of content is an expectation to have access to it. You can’t use the internet as a marketing vehicle and then not as a delivery vehicle.
Jesus, every single line in there could serve as an article headline in and of itself. This, right here, is almost a tl;dr of why Netflix is becoming the dominant player in television.