Wed, Apr. 18th, 2012, 08:32 pm
ACTA in a Nutshell –
What is ACTA? ACTA is the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. A new intellectual property enforcement treaty being negotiated by the United States, the European Community, Switzerland, and Japan, with Australia, the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Mexico, Jordan, Morocco, Singapore, the United Arab Emirates, and Canada recently announcing that they will join in as well.
Why should you care about ACTA? Initial reports indicate that the treaty will have a very broad scope and will involve new tools targeting “Internet distribution and information technology.”
What is the goal of ACTA? Reportedly the goal is to create new legal standards of intellectual property enforcement, as well as increased international cooperation, an example of which would be an increase in information sharing between signatory countries’ law enforcement agencies.
Essential ACTA Resources -
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I will consent that this is, has, and, essentially always will be, the Sam and Dean show. It is a traveling show. There are two stories in the world-man goes on a journey and a stranger comes to town-and these are the stranger who come to town. These are the men on a journey. They meet people and they lose people, they come back and they leave again. They are a mobile nation that makes brief alliances and wins momentary wars, and they always have and they always will be until they do, finally, die and stay dead. We have seen them come together, and fall apart. Have you ever seen a couple do single swing? The way the push apart and snap back together? It’s a spectacle. It’s interesting to watch. For awhile.
So, yes, this is the Sam and Dean show. But here’s the thing: everything that can happen to Sam and Dean has happened.
They have grown up together, they’ve grown apart. They have traveled together, they have traveled away from each other. They have trusted one another, and broken that trust. They have died for each other, they have loved and hated and raged and abandoned and saved and suffered and fallen and broken and beaten and healed and fixed and held and cared for each other. Dean has let Sam go. Sam has let Dean go. We started with Dean saving Sam from a fire, and we have watched they cling to each other, and as the parabola of the story went we saw them struggling to escape that same fire, to get out of their destiny and their own, self-determined fate and it ended. It ended when Dean finally let go of Sam and let him jump into the pit. That is a ending. That is him letting go of the last thing Dean ever wanted to do, and that is what we have made him do. There is nothing left. We gave Dean Sam back, first wrong, then right, then broken, and we know what’s going to happen. We’ve seen it. Dean is going to fix Sam and they will continue on. Their is nothing that can happen to these two that we haven’t seen. Not even the two of them stopping, because we’ve seen that too.
So can you blame us, can you honestly and really blame us, yell at us, hate us and resent us for looking to the story that hasn’t been told? Can you really, honestly and truely, be surprised when you finally, finally give us someone else to look at, someone else’s arc, someone else’s vice and virtues, struggles and triumphs, someone else’s burdens, and we look? And we love? Can you seriously tell me that you are confused by that? Sam and Dean are always, always going to fall into the same patterns. They’re like superheroes, or sitcoms. You can make all the superficial changes you want, there can be a huge headline issue about how nothing will be the same, but here’s the deal. As long as Superman has powers, he’s going to fight crime. As long as Sam and Dean are both alive, they’re going to be each other’s keystones, and they’re going to just keep on going, partly because they don’t know how to stop, partly because the world won’t let them. We’ve seen this dance. We’ve heard this song.
But Castiel, oh. Oh you gave us Castiel and here is something new. Not something different, not really, it’s the same sort of struggles, the same love, the same dependance, the same learning how to live without what you live for, the same being brought low again and again by your own choices and the choices of everyone else. But we don’t know how he’ll respond. We haven’t seen him before, and you know why that’s beautiful? It’s beautiful because he lets us look at the same old Sam and Dean and be surprised by them, be delighted by them or angry. He changes the formula. He alters the structure. You just introduced oxygen to two hydrogen atoms and now we have something we can work with. The molecular structure of the universe changed, because Sam and Dean are the strangers coming to town, they are on the outside of everything, and here, here is someone on the outside too, but of them, and looking in. Someone who knows as much as we do about them, and doesn’t fall for any of their lies, stories, tricks or defense mechanisms. Here’s this brilliant, troubled, strong,
brave character who can push Sam and Dean into new and different territories, who can let us all explore who they are when they’re not doing the exact same things they’ve always done. Someone who can give them some space to breath, and someone who, in turn, isn’t just another one of the endless characters who will give some small insight and then die. Someone who returns. Who is his own mobile nation.
And what do you do? What do you do with this carefully constructed character? What on earth do you decide would be the ideal use of this new microscope and mirror for your story? What, no, hold on, listen to me. What do you decide is the best use for a character that not only stands on his own two feet, but fits snugglely into this micro-environment of Sam and Dean and adds dimensions that we would not have seen without him? Tell me. Please tell me what you did with this character that anyone, any author would struggle and suffer and fight for. Please inform me what marvelous plans you have for this character that is both alien and human, who is powerful and weak, who is flawed and trying so very hard to be better so he can help, not himself, but the Sam and Dean show. No. Tell me. Tell me what you did with him.
Oh. Yes. You used him as comic relief, then an antagonist, and then threw him into a lake so we could go right the fuck back to square one of the Sam and Dean show and tell the same stories you’ve been telling, with no room for change or improvement or growth. That’s right. Instead of being delighted with yourselves for creating this much-beloved character, this genius little storytelling device, you threw him out at the first opportunity, because you got scared, or because you didn’t know how to use him. He’s not dead, no, but you are putting him in the back of the closet because you just don’t want to deal with the changes that could happen. Change is good. Stories are about change. Stories about growth.
So yes. I agree. This is the Sam and Dean show. But a Sam and Dean show that just plods along the same well-paced stretch of narrative is not a story worth telling.