@davidwengrow @SaltleyGates oh fine, then play yourself. That means I’ll have to do it too. Only movie I was ever in was an art film where I did a long monologue as a father giving bad advice but I don’t think it was ever released.
@PraxisCast @frankthetank622 You’re saying he’s making money to get power. But then you’re saying he’s wielding power to make money. That sounds like a bit of a circular argument. How does it differ from my saying his making money is itself an exertion of power as an end in itself?
@frankthetank622 Can’t the Fed just print him a trillion and give it to him so he’ll go away? I mean it wouldn’t make any difference if he didn’t spend it. If that wouldn’t satisfy him, doesn’t it show it’s his power to take the money from authors that’s really driving him?
It’s like stealing candy from babies and not even eating it. In practice, we seem to have created a world so perverse that denying creative people any benefit from their creation is an end in itself. You do it so as to revel in your very power to do so.
And the amazing thing is that almost all the money that would be going to authors, who mostly could actually use it, just goes to Bezos personally, so he can say “look! I have another 10 billion! Oh! And another 10 billion!” He doesn’t even use it.
According to pretty much every publisher I know Jeff Bezos is personally responsible for the destruction of the book industry. They can no longer pay most authors anything as it all gets squeezed by Amazon.