FF: Adapt or Die
Our successful protest of SOPA/PIPA on Wednesday led me to some startling new insights in this week’s Friday Freakout.
My primary insight had to do with the old guard media elite protecting a way of doing business in the past, rather than innovating the future. It reminds me of Brad Pitt’s line from the surprisingly powerful Moneyball: “Adapt or die.”
None of the pro-SOPA/PIPA companies are innovating the future. Instead, they have a knee-jerk reaction to respond with political action to protect their cash cow. Rather than give the consumers what they want where they want it for a price they can afford, they are using the corrupt political process to protect their inherently flawed business models.
They are using the law to prove their viability as a business rather than the markets.
And I feel the exact same way about the so-called “mainstream” LGBT organizations.
Granted, this is only my personal opinion. Nonetheless, I feel that many LGBT organizations are out-of-touch with the very community they are supposed to serve.
The HRC is using guilt+fear to raise money, and GLAAD has completely lost sight of their mission by supporting the AT&T merger and using a group of 700 people to determine the caliber of LGBT representations in the media for their Media Awards.
Call me a bitter old queen if you want; if that’s how I feel at 28, then I’m even more certain that some LGBT organizations have lost sight of their missions, and are not adapting to the new media landscape to successfully serve the community.
It’s no surprise that two of the most innovative and powerful campaigns have come from people completely unaffiliated with the old guard LGBT elite: Dan Savage’s It Gets Better and Adam Bouska’s NOH8.
I’m breaking up with GLAAD and HRC. I will not be supporting any LGBT organization that doesn’t demonstrate a sound understanding of the new media landscape, and the increasing interconnectedness of the LGBTQA community. An understanding of this new world is vital to success, and I’m not using my resources to prop up any more sinking ships.