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Personally, if a media company doesn't have their act together and won't release media using modern streaming distribution technology (which is no longer new, mind you), it gets pirated. If they can't figure out how to serve it to me at a reasonable price in a highly-available format, I'm going to take it from them illegitimately. If it isn't on Netflix, I'm sure it's on ThePirateBay, and I have no problem going there to get it. End of story.
In a flourish of irony and Shyamalanian Twistery, I say we create a political party for people who hate political parties. What will we call it?
I like to think of it this way: I'm not a Yankee fan or a Red Sox fan; I'm a baseball fan. I like to watch a good game, and I appreciate the game itself more than any individual team. Right now, baseball sucks and I don't like watching it. That's what being independent means to me.
If there's anything I want to be "independent" from, it's partisan tomfoolery. Unfortunately, I think this is more of a systemic problem, and has more to do with in-group mentality and human nature than the nuance of politics, as it were. If that's the case, then I'm completely screwed and I should give up on seeing things turn around.
To comment on the part where you probably don't believe me, if you were going to put a gun to my head and make me fill out a ballot sheet, I will vote for the secular/populist/socially liberal candidate every time, regardless of which party they came from. This time, it's the Democrats by a slim margin (I could argue that both candidates are merchant class sellouts, but I digress). So I suppose you could say I'm a de-facto Democrat, but I still identify as Independent, since I vote according to whichever candidate represents me better, and not according to party affiliation. When people say they're independent, I think that's what they mean.