i am a fan of the nervittles blog, and while reading a recent post, i was introduced (or sort of re-introduced) to a concept known as the bunker mentality.
in essence, the bunker mentality is a psychology of desperate defense. it happens on the battlefield when you are in a literal fight for your life, as in surrounded, outgunned, outnumbered, low on ammunition… heroic last stand type stuff.
this also happens off the battlefield when you are so focused on your immediate problem that you treat all outsiders as enemies and quit listening to all advice, even the good advice that could help you eliminate, or at least minimize your immediate problem.
so what does the MPAA/RIAA/world+dog have to do with drama between a telco blogger and Digium? bunker mentality.
the legacy content industry is dying. the business of selling physical media is in decline. this has more to do with market changes than it does with piracy. the rate of that decline is subject to much speculation. the various content industries would have you believe that they are losing billions of dollars a year as a direct result of filthy scumm pirates. i find that hard to believe.
as an avid reader of (and commenter on) techdirt, i read and write a lot about the need for the content industry (movie studios, record labels, and book publishers) to embrace new business models and the response from the trolls, shills, and the occasional industry type is a resounding “hell no!”
i think that this has more to do with emotions and perceptions than actual logic or reality. the truth is that when your business is in decline, you are basically gripped with fear. this fear makes you circle the wagons and dig in for that last stand.
the problem with that approach can best be answered by history. there are many great tales of last stands against a superior force: thermopylae, little big horn and the alamo, are all great stories of heroes who fought bravely to the bitter end. the things to keep in mind about those stories is that the heroes died at the end. if you have no other choice, the decision to go down swinging is a brave and noble one, but if you do have a choice, any other option seems like a better one.
the content industry has basically decided to go down with the ship when they are surrounded by lifeboats. to me, it seems utterly stupid. maybe the industry sees this as form of honorable suicide, like seppuku.