martes, 16 de marzo de 2010

Pirate Radio (The boat that rocked)

Aquí referencias de esta película, que hay que ver

Aquí la entrada del Ludwig von Mises Institute, que nos ha alertado al respecto

Extracto final:

"British state-owned radio "struggled to satisfy the broad and changing tastes of the nation's listeners," writes Eric Hynes.

Into the void steamed pirate radio, bringing with it not only more choice, but also sponsored shows and slick advertisements. Pirate radio proved that markets were neither being served nor exploited by the BBC, a bad-for-business reality that even buttoned-up Britain had to acknowledge.

So the real story is about the government allowing radio stations to sell advertising and earn profits. Ultimately, the on-air pirates forced the BBC to expand its offering and soon commercial radio was legalized.

Hynes believes that writer-director Richard Curtis was wise to focus on the "fight for the right to party instead of the fight for the right to sell adverts." But the fight against a government monopoly and edict that stifle commerce and keep consumers from consuming the media they desire is a story worth telling and championing. Consumer choice drives innovation and human progress. As Ludwig von Mises emphasized, it is consumers that "decide who should own the capital and run the plants. They determine what should be produced and in what quantity and quality," whether it's Beethoven, the Beatles, or some of both."

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