[OT Canute] Re: [LINK] [Fwd: Interesting KPMG report on DRM]
Mon, 7 Oct 2002 09:59:04 -0500 (CDT)
My apologies to everyone for this inscrutable email, I replied to the
wrong email in my inbox and inadvertently sent it instead of the reply
being cancelled as I had thought.
On Mon, 7 Oct 2002, John Schultz wrote:
> On Mon, 7 Oct 2002, Trei, Peter wrote:
> > > Robin Whittle[SMTP:email@example.com] wrote:
> > > .
> > [lots of good stuff about the music business clipped]
> > > I think this is an accurate analysis of a really sad situation. Like
> > > King Canute, the record companies are devoting most of their thinking
> > > and resources to holding back the tide.
> > >
> > [even more good stuff clipped]
> > In the interests of pedantry and accuracy, may I point out that Canute
> > did not actually expect to hold back the tide. Canute was an an early
> > Danish king of northern England, living ~995-1035. Like most modern
> > leaders, he was surrounded by yes-men. Unlike them, he did something
> > about it:
> > ---------------------
> > [From http://viking.no/e/people/e-knud.htm]
> > "Let all men know how empty and worthless is the power of kings.
> > For there is none worthy of the name but God, whom heaven, earth
> > and sea obey".
> > So spoke King Canute the Great, the legend says, seated on his throne
> > on the seashore, waves lapping round his feet. Canute had learned that
> > his flattering courtiers claimed he was "So great, he could command the
> > tides of the sea to go back". Now Canute was not only a religious man,
> > but also a clever politician. He knew his limitations - even if his
> > courtiers
> > did not - so he had his throne carried to the seashore and sat on it as the
> > tide came in, commanding the waves to advance no further. When they
> > didn't, he had made his point that, though the deeds of kings might appear
> > 'great' in the minds of men, they were as nothing in the face of God's
> > power.
> > ------------------------
> John Schultz
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