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[-] Boozilla 58 points 3 weeks ago

I'm always glad to see the government go after a consolidated vertical monopoly like these assholes. It is part of the government's damn job, afterall.

But it kind of feels like it's a play for optics when there are much larger issues.

[-] MyPornViewingAccount 41 points 3 weeks ago

Its weird how a large group of people such as the federal government can work on more than one thing at a time.

Just because you dont know all the other things happening doesnt mean theyre not.

[-] [email protected] 11 points 3 weeks ago

Ticketmaster is an easy target. Apple, Amazon, Microsoft ,Google should have been cut to pieces years ago, yet here we are.

These companies have more revenue than some countries, this is mental and shouldn't happen.

So yeah, I get the cynicism.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

For such an easy target, Ticketmaster has operated with impunity for decades at this point. I agree it probably isn't the most pressing problem right now, but I am glad something is finally being done.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago

I'm glad they go after them, but I fear that they will use them as a scapegoat and do jackshit to other monopolies

[-] Duamerthrax 4 points 3 weeks ago

Dear US government, please stop climate change. I don't even go to concerts. I would feel bad about the gas it takes to get there

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago

The current session doesn't even have a good record of doing one thing at once and political capital is not infinite. It's a legitimate concern to think we should be doing more important things.

[-] Boozilla 1 points 3 weeks ago

And it's weird how these things almost always get killed by someone like Joe Manchin or the SCOTUS in spite of all the hard work of those good people. Try to pay more attention to what is actually going on.

[-] [email protected] 21 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

I would have been receptive to the "there are larger issues" part but it might help to think of it like:

Instead of just an X-axis with "more/less important," add a Y-axis with "more/less political," a Z-axis with "more/less important to rich people," an A-axis with "simple/complicated" and so on, with a narrow N-dimensional space in which something can happen. All of these values are changing constantly and independently for every issue. We can affect some of these values, but the entire picture is usually out of any one person's control.

At this moment, fixing the concert monopoly is incredibly in the "maybe it can happen" zone. We just have to take it and run with it. Maybe, just maybe, ranked choice voting or taxing rich people or getting universal health care will make it to the "maybe it can happen" zone one day. It's not that, but hey, at least something gets a little better now.

[-] Boozilla 4 points 3 weeks ago

Again, I'm all for it (in spite of what all the zero chill reddit types ITT think). But my guess is, it will die in some Republican appointed court as planned. It's probably performative pandering. I would love to be wrong about this. The administration does seem interested in going after corporations and big pharma. Yet little of substance has been done. Just lots of posturing. I think folks are desperate for any kind of progress, which is understandable.

[-] Veraxus 10 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

They are supposed to stop it looooong before it gets to this stage. Have one or more companies formed powerful trusts that give them significant power over a market? Break them apart and bust them open.

Instead, we twiddle our thumbs while bootlicking white knites tell you it’s not a monopoly because there are TWO trusts cornering entire markets.

It’s madness.

[-] [email protected] 6 points 3 weeks ago

you are like those karens at council meetings who complain "why we spend money on this instead of this??" and nothing gets done as result

[-] Boozilla 0 points 3 weeks ago

you sound like reddit. try to lemmy more.

[-] njm1314 3 points 3 weeks ago

Every broken up company is a victory

[-] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago

At least it can set a precedent

[-] [email protected] 30 points 3 weeks ago

I'm sure some conservative brainworm judge will block this somehow just like when the Biden admin tried to cap credit card late fees. This country won't be fixed until the only way judges can receive RVs as bribes is if they end up under the tires.

[-] Jackcooper 19 points 3 weeks ago

Been calling that this would happen in 2024 (election year) for 3 years now. It's the one thing all Americans agree on. But no matter the reason it's a good thing. Hopefully something actually happens.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 3 weeks ago

I've clicked on this thumbnail twice thinking it was some weird fish.

[-] [email protected] 5 points 3 weeks ago

It is though?

[-] HappycamperNZ 2 points 3 weeks ago

weird fish

Fetish

[-] mandurrz 16 points 3 weeks ago

Can we focus on the cost of food and housing before entertainment?

[-] blanketswithsmallpox 2 points 3 weeks ago

He's doing that too.

[-] Tylerdurdon 15 points 3 weeks ago

If it's not dismantling that god forsaken monopoly, it's not enough.

[-] [email protected] 13 points 3 weeks ago

That is what they're doing though.

[-] [email protected] 8 points 3 weeks ago* (last edited 3 weeks ago)

I'd rather have healthcare

Actually scratch that, the climate is the bigger issue.

[-] [email protected] 18 points 3 weeks ago

Don't let perfect get in the way of good

[-] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago

'Dont let environmental collapse get in the way of cheaper luxuries'

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

Well one is far more feasible to get than the other. Half the country supports a man who is openly soliciting bribes from oil companies ffs.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 3 weeks ago

I'm sure cheaper concert tickets will come as a comfort to those who are struggling to pay for lifesaving medication.

They can ration their medication even more and go see Taylor Swift before they die.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

Which meds are you referring to? He did an insulin price cap, does that count?

[-] sfbing 4 points 3 weeks ago

Let's have all three. They are not conflicting goals.

[-] [email protected] 4 points 3 weeks ago

It feels like a bid to buy young people's votes back. I pray our youth are not so shallow.

[-] [email protected] 10 points 3 weeks ago

I'm as cynical as the next guy... But i feel like an administration that is willing to enforce antitrust laws (even if it is just for votes) is a good thing

[-] Tylerdurdon 2 points 3 weeks ago

I said the same before when they were playing with marijuana laws. People didn't like it and even said things like "I want my politicians to do things for votes."

Then a couple weeks later, the administration reversed course.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 3 weeks ago

It's just one perpetual mindfuck. I dont want to live on this planet anymore.

[-] [email protected] 2 points 3 weeks ago

Hasn't this been in the works for over a year now, with the congressional hearing a while back?

Feels pretty bad if 2/4 years of stuff doesn't count.

[-] drunkpostdisaster 2 points 3 weeks ago

Just add it on top of women's and lbgtq rights and suddenly it sounds less shallow.

[-] [email protected] 3 points 3 weeks ago
[-] jeffw 1 points 3 weeks ago

They’re already crashing though

[-] BigTrout75 2 points 3 weeks ago

Support small indie bands. No need for big businesses crap.

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