Deceptive "independent research" from Hollywood front suggests Australians are easily frightened

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13 Responses to “Deceptive "independent research" from Hollywood front suggests Australians are easily frightened”

  1. nosehat says:

    Unfortunately, many elected policy makers are not known for their finesse in understanding the nuances of research methodology.

    And in many a case like this, they aren’t even-handed policy makers with any real interest in understanding the pros and cons of the law in question.  Someone else makes the policy and they become policy apologists, looking for any “numbers” that seem to back up the laws they know they are expected to push for.

  2. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Of course Australians are easily frightened; they have PTSD from living in a place where everything can eat you or poison you.

    • Spikeles says:

      Australia, has a place where an ant kills more people than spiders, snakes, wasps, and sharks combined. Afraid doesn’t quite do justice, terrified is a better word.

      • Churba S says:

        The numbers are not the whole story. We have – to put it simply – survival strategies pretty much beat into us from birth.

        We know to shake out our shoes before putting them on if they’ve been outside, we know that you should stay right with the car if you break down, we know you shouldn’t go sticking your appendages into cracks, crevices and holes that you can’t see into properly. We know not to fuck with the wildlife, and we know to call an ambulance immediately if someone gets bitten by something, and a bunch of other things.

        We don’t die, because it’s bred into us not to be stupid. However, when my american or british friends come over, it’s like babysitting children – they don’t have the same things taught to them as basic common sense. The British will avoid certain animals if they see them, but will blunder mindlessly around in their habitats without thinking where they might be. Americans just can’t leave anything the hell alone, they just can’t help but run up to, poke, pet, or god forbid hug anything and everything they come across. I’ve still got a scar on my arm from catching a glancing blow from a cassowary that one of my friends thought would be a good idea to run up to.
        I mean, hey, it’s like a big ostrich, so it’s going to be either friendly or frightened like one, isn’t it? I mean, big birds all act alike, don’t they? Hey, let’s go hug a kangaroo next, it’s not like a 250 pound animal that uses bounding for locomotion could possibly take it into it’s head to kick me to death!

    • cfuse says:

      We have ‘universal’ healthcare, so not only won’t I die from a snake or spider bite, I won’t die from easily preventable illness either. Which country is more dangerous again?

      As for downloading in AU, the iiNet/AFACT case tells you more about the real tenacity of ISPs here. Good ISPs tell the US copyright trolls (or their sock puppets) to go stuff themselves (in court, where it matters).

  3. robuluz says:

    I wouldn’t be trying to shape legislative policy in Australia with any argument revolving around us being ‘scared’. Aussies don’t respond real well to that sort of suggestion. That’s not how I’d play it at all.

  4. Ben Harris says:

    I honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see this used as a basis for introducing something akin to a 3-strikes law in Australia. Both major parties are at rock-bottom and have nothing to lose so why not make some new friends and develop new industry relationships, they’re going to need jobs after the next election after all.

  5. aeroillini says:

    What about the (possibly) 6% who would begin sharing after they received a warning?

  6. notthemessiah says:

    its ok, we Australians dont need to be frightened into not pirating by Hollywood goons parading as AFACT, we dont need to be. When the government has full control of the one and only communications network in the country – the NBN or National broadband network – they will be able to monitor and block what ever type of traffic they want. The christian right here already has pr0n in it sights, any thing “RC” or refused classification – euthanasia and abortion info to start – by the same government that owns the only internet in town. I am sure they will roll over and let their friends in Hollywood – think Rupert Murdoch and Fox, he owns the only national newspaper and all capital city papers here – tell them that we are all thieves and must be stopped from torrenting as its stealing from Rupert and all his mates. I feel many Australians have been blinded by the promise of 100/25Mb/s fibre broadband to stop and think about the long term consequences of having the ONLY internets controlled by the government. oh, and dont worry about the spiders or ants getting you, its the cone shells with poisonous darts or the cute little octopi with the blue rings at the beach that you have to worry about!

  7. kheitman says:

    The Intellectual Property Awareness Foundation is run by a Fox Entertainment veteran and touted by a Murdoch newspaper. Ignore, especially if you’re a lawmaker.

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