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  • sparkpenguin

    ughhh… this video made me wanna find "middle ground" at the bottom of a very tall building, very quickly, say at the speed of falling onto it.
    also i saw a few cable tv mentions, down below my comment; the reason going back to cable tv hell would be preferable to streaming palatform hell is there was not much choice involved apart from what channel to stay on. something was always already playing, visible to engage you. when i'm tired/indecisive nowadays (only time to watch tv) and i have to decide which thing to actually watch from the start, idk about you but i just ride the menu forever with nothing engaging already playing to actually stop the "surfing" behavior and just watch nothing. OR PUT ON MUSIC I ACTUALLY OWN which i realize puts me in a minority of people smart enough to have spent extra effort to retain my library (digitally or on CDs) over the past decade. seriously, i have nfi why anyone does a spotify? that what it's called? again, nfi. it sounded like a bad idea from the beginning. but that's not necessarily consumers' fault, their habits are shaped by an oppressive/suggestive market i know.
    the behavioral problems like choice overload seem petty but they're not. i'd go back to cable in a heartbeat if the alternative means eventually being stuck out in the cold when the streaming platform singularity occurs. …smaller personalized channel packages would be nice, though– but that sentence is older than i have been alive already.

  • Cullen Latham

    i notice it on youtube quite a bit. the site is always changing, and often not for the consumer's sake. for example, i used to get a decent variety of videos from subscriptions and new channels in my recommended, yet now it is filled with things closely related or from the same channel as the last video i watch. if i continue to watch the recommended content, all variety disappears from my recommended. it has gotten to the point where i question what the point of subscribing to a channel even is on the consumer side, as they will then show up less frequently in my recommended. They add the bell, but it notifies you of more than just video uploads, and people dont always subscribe to a channel because they enjoy EVERYTHING they produce. I think it begins to show the issue in question just with the small scale provided. no longer are they showing stuff for the sake of the consumer, but for the sake of the company behind the product. The more channels you watch on youtube, the more money the site gets…

  • Guest Informant

    Plenty of others have said it but this is why piracy has important political and economic elements – although it is wrapped up in people wanting something for nothing. It's a kind of battleground between the monopolistic, power-corrupted, strong-arm greed of Big Tech, and the greed, selfishness, self-indulgence of the individual who wants films, "tv" and music, entertainment, but doesn't want to pay for it. Maybe support creators through Patreon, and by buying their music for instance, and pirate the rest. For now.

  • Saksham Jaiswal

    This is just the downside of capitalism.
    And it makes sense as well,
    why should disney allow netflix to use its product when it thinks that it could do the same job and 'cash in' all the profit. Obviously, for now, netflix is a better distributor but u only get ahead if u take risks(even its not that big of a risk for disney). Cutting out the middle man will always be the main objective of creators or else finding the most efficient middle man.

  • mamaood

    Coming from manufacturing background with knowledge of the automotive industry, let me tell you cars are not a good example. Calibrations and dangerous tasks (i.e. welding and cutting metal, painting ) are robotized; know-how and delicate tasks are not. And also workers do need to be highly trained, because it's never just one item they need to put in place.

  • Excellent Atom

    Platform overload is going to bring back the pirate days. It starts with pirating 1 thing, because you don’t wanna get an extra platform. Then you see how easy that was & keep doing it. The more ppl who do it the easier it will become over all and the moral implications will get pushed aside. Right now pretty much only older ppl pay for cable. If the things young ppl want to enjoy become too expensive, it’ll be only older people paying for streaming services.
    It’s all cyclical. Streaming providers will get big & full of themselves like cable companies. They’ll act like the customer needs them rather than the other way around. Then the market will show them why that’s a bad idea.

  • Erylaria

    Well. Back to piracy it is then, I guess. I got a Netflix subscription because it was EASY. It had (almost) everything with one login for 7,99/month. I'm not about to pay more money for stuff that was previously, or should now be, on netflix. Plus, I can't even access cbs services over here in europe because of fucking geoblocking. I'm not getting a vpn to pay cbs money, that's absurd. There's other ways of watching. And then I'll wait for the dvd box, if they're even still going to make one…

  • Tom McLaughlin

    The deeper problem here is that you keep showing your face. Please stop. You are not interesting to look at. Great voice, but I can't look at you.

  • Erik Wedin

    The "Platforms" of the internet-age are like Star Wars. No matter how much money you have pumped in for quality content you own nothing and they will get greedy.

  • thejinxedone

    All the more reason for reimagining our future: the economic system must fundamentally evolve. with platorms becoming commons – public utilities. sooner the better.
    https://truthaboutbranding.com/2018/03/18/platform-as-commons/

  • Stormone

    I'd just buy my tractor from another company, or decide not to watch a TV show because they've made it too difficult for me to access. Holy fuck, it's almost as if capitalism has already found a way to balance it out when companies start to take the piss. Click bait, panic porn video.

  • EqualsThreeable

    As we age as a population more of us are aware of this data mining phenomenon. So much so that we can use our eyes like currency. Since piracy is impossible to defeat, the market can self regulate. We can look at cars, car design, car prices and brands variety as a comparison for streaming content, layout, price and number of streaming services. Where the individual cars are shows and the the car brand is the streaming services name. Multiple streaming services can be owned by one company. For example, GM owns Chevrolet, GMC & Cadillac.

    So we can see, yes cookie cutter shows/games will be even more prevalent. However don’t test the markets willingness to seek out original or unique games & shows.

  • B-Rex

    This is why when I really care about being able to watch a movie or series, I get the Blu Ray or DVD whenever available. I don't want to feel the way I did when Netflix pulled Doctor Who ever again.

  • Alicia Nyblade

    "Just like Rockefeller tried to monopolize oil . . ."
    I was just going to bring that up. These tech companies need to be dealt with the same way Rockefeller was, or Edison when he tried to monopolize movies. Companies shouldn't have THAT much power over customers. It's exploitative, plain and simple.

  • HoL

    My grievance with all this situation is that all media are now mass-produced and the room for individuality and quality content is becoming narrower and narrower. Coincidentally, I made a video about this very same topic on my channel, comparing the great video games of the past with the generic downloadable ones of the present.

  • ActaCaboose

    I don't know why you're acting surprised that feudalism is back, as the very purpose of capitalism is to undo the onset of neo-democratic movements begot by the French Revolution that destroyed the feudal system. European nobilities championed capitalism, and specifically liberal capitalism (and even more specifically, laissez-faire capitalism), as it granted an illusion of the freedoms promised by the French Revolution while still maintaining the feudalistic societal hierarchy and power structures. It's only taken 230 years for feudalism to return because tech companies are the first to outpace regulations that prevent the natural progression of capitalism, which is to either dismantle democracy or render it obsolete, thus restoring the feudalistic system.

  • baneto27

    I wonder, in the end, who these plataforms will sell to. One loses their job to technology, starts doing uber rides, but more and more are doing the same, so basically uber drivers pay to work, and without money they can't play plataforms…

  • Charles Kennedy

    There will come a time when we are so dependent on them that we have no choice but to pay, no matter what their price is.

  • ATipsey

    Technically, under most legal warranty and use rhetoric in videogame manuals (as far as 1999 N64 games to my knowledge), we’ve never truly owned the content in the videogames world. You just paid for the privilege to experience it. I’d love to think people want to share their ideas for the betterment of the species or at least for making someone else happy, but the truth is that too many people are driven by greed and self preservation to care about ‘sharing’.

  • Wololo

    Do what you want cause a pirate is free, you are a pirate!

    Yarr har fiddle dee dee

    Being a pirate is alright to be

    Do what you want cause a pirate is free

    You are a pirate!

    You are a pirate!

    Yeah!

    We got us a map (A nao!)

    To lead us to a hidden box

    Thats all locked up with locks (with locks!)

    And buried deep away

    Well dig up the box (The box!)

    We know its full of precious booty

    Burst open the locks

    And then we say hooray!

    Yarr har fiddle dee dee

    If you love to sail the sea

    Weigh anchor!

    Yarr har fiddle dee dee

    Being a pirate is alright to be

    Do what you want cause a pirate is free

    You are a pirate!

    Arr yarr ahoy and avast

    Dig a deep and youre digging too fast

    Hang the black flag at the end of the mast!

    You are a pirate!

    Yay!

    Were sailing away (Set sail!)

    Adventure waits on every shore

    We set sail and explore (Yaar har!)

    And run and jump all day (Yeah!)

    We float in our boat (The Boat!)

    Until its time to drop the anchor

    Then hang up our coats (Aye, aye!)

    Until we sail again!

    Yarr har fiddle dee dee

    If you love to sail the sea

    Land ho!

    Yarr har fiddle dee dee

    Being a pirate is alright to be

    Do what you want cause a pirate is free

    You are a pirate!

    Yarr har! Wind at your back lads wherever you go!

    Blue sky above and blue ocean below

    You are a pirate!

    You are a pirate!

  • danielkjm

    Immortal tecnique said it better "its the Corporate life eating your brain, and like Mk Ultra making your perspective to change"

  • Orin Sorinson

    For games, I like GOG. No DRM… the good guys. As for any other game I get that has DRM and is locked into a platform, I have no moral qualms about getting a pirated copy.

  • danielkjm

    The worst part its that as soon as a piece of art,movie,games,song become less relevant they are forgotten and its impossible to acess them. Soo many songs movies and games that i can acess and even with piracy its getting harder due to companys going hard on pirates

  • IIIIIawesIIIII

    But you can still buy DVDs and BluRays. Also, there is no need for any specific way of entertainment. You don't need to watch or play anything digital. Things that really suck are monopolistic industry-standards like Adobe Software and other types of productivity and creativity software. But they have been like that for a long time.

  • white0thunder white0thunder

    Key words: Internet connection. And my internet connection is shit so… I ain't buying any of these streaming service shits that will take me hours to play ten minutes of a video game..

  • SarahLJP

    It’s interesting but I don’t actually care about paying for access to media. What I wouldn’t do it pay for a bajillion services. Only a few services are getting my money. I think some of this will pass once media platforms become over saturated. Companies will realize people won’t pay for so many different platforms. I think Disney+ is going to last because they gobbled up a lot of content ahead of launch. I don’t think NBC’s service is going to stand the test of time.

  • Daniel Moody

    Wisecrack, you should really consider exploring the cultural interpretations and philosophy behind Cyberpunk as a sub-genre of science fiction. A lot of what's come up on the channel lately would fit very well into a discussion on that, particularly in the realm of consumerism.

  • H. Ar.

    Piracy was a huge thing before when we had to buy DVDs of movies we watched. Then Netflix came where for the price of 2/3 coffees per month you have access to lots of movies. As a result, piracy decreased. Now, we have more subscriptions to pay for and these companies will only realize how much piracy will make a comeback. Honestly, these big companies that have more than one source of income know that already, they just are hoping that eventually the companies with one source of income (Netflix) will start losing its clients slowly. I know lots of people personally who already cancelled their subscription this year, and some that are thinking about it, including myself!

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