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Monday, March 7, 2011

Let's get the captain his money

A couple weeks ago it was announced that Joss Whedon's Firefly would be re-run on the Science Channel. During a promotional interview for the re-release actor Nathan Fillion made the off-hand comment that if he were to win a $300 million lottery he'd restart the show himself. In the category of "be careful of what you wish for", since he made that comment former Firefly writers Jane Espenson and Jose Molina and actress Jewel Staite have already thrown their hats into the ring, and fans have set up an internet pledge site to raise the revenue. The idea is pretty cool; people submit whatever they're willing to pledge, but no money changes hands until Fillion, Whedon or someone of that caliber steps in and takes the reins.

Personally I'd love to see Firefly come back, but I'm almost more intrigued to see how the internet and other social networking are facilitating that without bothering to check in with, say, 20th Century Fox, which owns the rights to the franchise. Change the medium and you change the message, change the messaging and you change the media.

Governments and corporations are learning the hard way that the transparency of the internet cuts in both directions; that which allows governments to spy on its citizens also allows citizens to spy on their governments. Every individual with access to a cell-phone could be the next Julian Assange; the hydra has seven billion heads. We're already seeing this topple governments in places like Egypt, Libya and Wisconsin. Now we may be seeing corporations being outflanked as well.

Interesting times.

Oh, the link to the website to help Nathan Fillion buy the rights to Firefly is:

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