Tonight, I have to give a 30 minute presentation on Internet Privacy in class for my final.
I’ll be discussing all of the evil things that take place on the Internet, and theories about government control gone mad and dictators with a kill-switch that can turn off the Internet easier than your mom can access it. I will also have a powerpoint with an animated gif of The Matrix.
All that said, I’ve been feeling a groundswell of good things that the Internet can do in the last few days. Less than one week ago, there was an off the cuff remark made by Nathan Fillion in which he said,
“If I got $300 million from the California Lottery, the first thing I would do is buy the rights to Firefly, make it on my own, and distribute it on the Internet.”
“That’s nice,” I thought. Then the Browncoats leapt into action. There is now a real movement to help Mr. Fillion to raise this money and buy back the rights to the franchise so the cult series can rise again. Right now, they aren’t raising any money until someone like Joss Whedon or Nathan Fillion says “Ok Internet, let’s do this!” but rather, they are just gauging support.
Me? I loved that Damn show. I’m not sure I saw a single episode when it was actually on, just like I’m sure many of you didn’t either. Fox killed it, as they kill anything good. So I’ll get on the bandwagon and show that I’d give a couple $ toward that cause (remember, you’re not giving any actual money at this time, just saying you would like to see this happen). Some big name Sci-Fi/Fantasy people are starting to get behind this movement as well. Patrick Rothfuss has essentially said that if his next book makes him money (and it should, his first book is a best seller) that he would help Fillion buy these rights. He’s just the right kind of name to get behind something like this to make it almost real.
So… they have a Facebook page that you can “like” and a blog that also is keeping tabs on the movement. Go check them out, or don’t. If you haven’t already, check out Firefly – you can even watch them all on Netflix streaming now. You could even take more drastic means… although, I couldn’t officially endorse it.
Of course, if you’re busy, you should do this after you read The Antaran Legacy first to get yourself in the mood.