Like most anti-piracy lobbying organizations, the RIAA knows how to “spin” things around. They protect the rights of a large group of record labels and distributors, and their ability to spin and their lawsuits are two of the most powerful weapons they have.
Over at P2Pnet, Jon has put together a survey about these “Sultans of Spin”. I must note that the readers of P2Pnet, TorrentFreak and Zeropaid and other filesharing oriented websites are probably not a representative group of respondents for the entire online population, but it will be still interesting to see the results.
I think it's the first survey of its kind and obviously, the more people who respond, the better. So please tell everyone you know about it.
Spin is the, "sometimes pejorative term signifying a heavily biased portrayal in one's own favor of an event or situation," the Wikipedia sums it up, continuing, spin, "often, though not always, implies disingenuous, deceptive and/or highly manipulative tactics." And it's, borrowed, says the post, "from ball sports such as cricket, where a spin bowler may impart spin on the ball during a delivery so that it will curve through the air or bounce in an advantageous manner".
The Sultans of Spin examines spin-doctoring in the pejorative sense --- the art of presenting stuff as it isn't.
The Sultans of Spin Survey.