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MOVIE REVIEW | Downloaded (2013)

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“One of the great moments in human history.”

I have a theory when it comes to technology. The bad guys are always one step ahead of the good guys. Ever since the concept of downloading music, movies and TV shows came along, governments and corporations have been shutting down the illegal channels used to pirate music, movies and TV shows. But the thing is, by the time these channels get shut down, the bad guys have already invented a new one. It’s been a cycle that has run its course again and again and again in the last 15 or so years. But the case that kicked it all off, is still the most famous and the most fascinating. And that’s the story of Downloaded.


In the late 90s, Shawn Fanning dropped out of college to pursue an idea. The revolution of the mp3 meant that decent sounding audio was now available as relatively small file sizes. Instead of tapes, records or CDs that contained maybe a dozen songs, it was now possible to have thousands of songs just a mouse click away. It also meant you could share those songs with other people over the internet. But the sharing process was convoluted and a pain in the ass. Fanning’s solution was Napster, the peer to peer program that made illegally copying music easier and more widespread than ever. (more…)

MUSIC REVIEW | Five Finger Death Punch – The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2 (2013)

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A constant knife edge balance between straight up metal and more easily digestible hard rock, Five Finger Death Punch make it work for the majority of The Wrong Side of Heaven & The Righteous Side of Hell Volume 2.  The only real low points are Battle Born, Cold and My Heart Lied, so watered down, you might find that dirty word ‘Nickleback’ coming to mind.

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