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I work for MessageLabs [messagelabs.com] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

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Monday July 04, 2005
08:18 AM

Live 8

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Am I the only one who thinks the idea behind Live 8 (i.e. to put pressure on those at the G8 summit) is complete rubbish?

I'm all for free music concerts, but BobG has really lost the plot if he thinks that's how politicians make choices, or even if the people attending the concerts are there for any other reason than to get a free concert.

Live8 looked pretty good, and I wish I could have got tickets (I'll save my rant about ticketmaster for another day) but I wouldn't expect anyone to be fooled into thinking I would attend for any other reason than free tickets.

Not that I don't want the G8 leaders to be more concerned about global issues - I do. I just think this is a daft way to go about it.

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  • That is how stars do it. They gives concerts really thinking that you care what their political motivations are when in reality you just take advantage of a great free concert regardless of what it is "for".

    Hey, it worked during the last election cycle right? Right?

  • Am I the only one who thinks the idea behind Live 8 (i.e. to put pressure on those at the G8 summit) is complete rubbish?

    Nope. You're certainly not the only one. If Live 8 was supposed to be some kind of Live Aid revisited, it was a miserable sequel.

    With Live Aid, it followed nearly a year's worth of pleas to help the starving in Ethiopia, and two songs with incessant airplay. From the man-on-the-street interviews I've heard this week, people generally (a) don't know a G8 from a B9, (b) don't kn

  • Oh, is that what this is about? I honestly didn't even know. I thought it was a charity thing, like "We are the World" and "Band Aid." But I don't even listen to what most of the rest of the world calls "music," I barely know what the two events I just mentioned were, and I've spent the last few weeks thinking "Why is this in the news so much?" at every Live 8 headline.

    Knowing it's not simply a charity event makes it even more depressing that this is being so hyped.

    Now it just reminds me of this [perl.org].

    --
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