How Platforms OWN You (Disney+, Netflix, Uber) – Wisecrack Edition

How Platforms OWN You (Disney+, Netflix, Uber) – Wisecrack Edition


Hey Wisecrack, Jared here.  You may have noticed a trend lately. It seems like every day, some company announces
a new cloud or platform service for people to download.  A few months ago Google announced its Google
Stadia game streaming platform, which will include YouTube integration, and allow gamers
to play games from most any screen with an internet connection.  The announcement was met with some excitement
from big game developers looking for new distribution deals… and… a lot of skepticism from gamers,
prompting eyerolls and also some questions like, what games will be available? Will people actually own their games or will
everything be subscription based? How will everyone’s data be used?  And what will happen when Google takes on
Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft… and popular PC gaming platforms like Steam? It’s not just gaming platforms that have
people asking questions, though.  “Platforms” and “subscription models”
are spreading like the plague. CBS has successfully forced nerds into submission
by requiring them to pay 5.99 a month for the privilege of watching Star Trek on their
“All-Access” platform.  Apple recently announced that devices will
be taking a backseat to game, news, and video subscriptions on a new Apple platform. And Disney, who already owns… a lot of things
… is launching Disney+, which will ask us to pay another subscription to watch things
that were once available on Netflix and a slate of new Marvel shows. And NBC has yet to launch their own streaming
service which will, again, steal The Office from Netflix. People seem annoyed that these services are
just another thing hankering to siphon a few bucks a month out of their pockets. But is there a deeper problem here? And is that problem platforms themselves? Maybe, maybe not, but for better or worse,
platforms are changing our entire economic system and I’m here to talk about how, why,
and what it all means.  Welcome to this Wisecrack Edition on the platform
economy.  Today we’re surrounded by platforms. A Platform is a website or application that
brings two or more sides of a market together, that is, a digital space where people who
need a service can find and pay for that service. The earliest example is probably eBay. The site originally launched as AuctionWeb
in 1995, and created a platform for someone who wants to sell their autographed Marky
Mark underwear to an eager buyer, this is real by the way. After eBay’s success, other companies started
springing up with similar business models– Amazon originally connected book publishers
with readers –remember when amazon only sold books? Ticketmaster created an online space for venues
to sell tickets, and soon there were platforms for everything… now Uber, connects drivers
with passengers, AirBnB connects spare rooms with travelers, and Spotify, connects listeners
with music.  But let’s back up for a minute– how did
we even get here? Once upon a time before free markets, economies
were regionally based, and self contained. According to Political Economist Karl Polanyi,
there were three general types of economic systems:  Reciprocity, where goods are exchanged as
gifts between communities. For instance, a tribe gifts another tribe
a cow, and eventually gets one back later on in the year.  Householding, in which families produce food,
goods, and tools for their own use and consumption. And Redistribution, where a tribal leader
or feudal lord controls all the resources, and then redistributes them to members of
their society. Now remember this one, we’re going to come
back to it later.  In all of these, survival wasn’t really
based on how efficient production was. Sure, a crop may not grow well year over year,
but there were contingency plans such as storing crops, or minimal exchange on simple markets,
like bartering with your neighbor for what you need. But eventually capitalism happened, and the
rules changed. People became increasingly separated from
the things they needed to survive, turning to the market to get things like food, water,
and shelter, and selling their skills to whoever would pay.  By the late 1700s, industry was booming, and
manufacturing began to take over Europe. In 1776, Scottish economist Adam Smith published
An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations, outlining the benefits
of efficient production and singing praises about how dope the free market is. And people liked his theories. The market eventually expanded, as standards
of living began to change, from bare essentials like food and clothes to luxury items. But having so many different sellers selling
all these things led to competitive pressures. If your goods were too expensive, no one would
buy them. So businesses started lowering production
costs so they could sell their items for less, while still maintaining enough profits.  Businesses have been lowering production costs
ever since, primarily by turning to technology, and lowering labor costs. Which was easy to do if you were in manufacturing
as technology got better and better, and you could pay less and less for labor.  It started with assembly lines, which provided
companies with cheaper labor that didn’t need to be trained in any special skills—
instead of learning how to put a whole car together, a worker just had to learn how to
put one piece of the car in one place.  Eventually, large business realized that robots
could do that instead of people, and since you don’t have to pay robots salaries, soon
some of these places barely had any employees at all.  But there were still businesses that couldn’t
really use assembly lines or robots to cut as many costs— places like grocery stores,
or taxi companies, or movie theaters. Until the internet came around.  Stores and service providers suddenly had
to compete with… websites, where you could get the same product or service mailed to
you directly from the distributor with the click of a button, or find a room in someone’s
house to sleep in instead of booking a hotel room. The owners of these new websites, these platforms,
don’t need to pay any labor costs because people doing the buying and selling are doing
it for them. In other words, Uber isn’t a taxi company,
it’s a technology company, that pairs an independently contracted driver with you,
the consumer. But even those independently contracted drivers
are a liability, as the company moves towards  driverless vehicles.  Okay, so now we understand how platforms happened,
but why are they making people so uneasy? Well, it might be because people are losing
their sense of autonomy and ownership. You know how I asked you to remember Karl
Polanyi’s redistribution, where one person controls and redistributes all the resources? Like a feudal lord? Well it’s because more and more, the way
platforms operate feels very similar to that kind of economy.  Tech companies own assets and distribute them
to us, and as a result, some have argued a new kind of feudalism has emerged.  One where companies are like lords, and subscribers
are like serfs paying rent to access some stuff. So if this is the case, will we all be indentured
to our platforms?  In his 2016 article Evgeny Morozov describes
the steady march of Google and Facebook toward feudal ownership over greater proportions
of the economy. By “[destroying] all competition and [making]
the world dependent on their platforms,” Morozov suggests these neo-feudal lords will
increase their control over how economic resources are accessed. Political theorist Nick Srnicek goes as far
as saying that these big companies are becoming “owners of the infrastructures of society…ending
private property for the masses and having everything provided as-a-service by quasi-monopolistic
firms.”  We don’t own stuff anymore, companies basically
lease everything to us, and at the moment these companies are all fighting with each
other over who gets to provide us with access to stuff that they control.  Instead of owning cars, people are taking
ride shares with changing prices generated by algorithms. Instead of owning CDs, we get our music from
Spotify, where it can be taken down.  And it gets even more complicated when these
different platforms start fighting each other over who has access to what.  Back in January Epic games announced an exclusivity
deal with Metro: Exodus just 2 weeks before the game’s launch– after many people had
already pre-ordered it on Steam– sparking backlash from Steam users, who wanted their
money back, and Steam itself, who wanted to sell the game. If you want to watch The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
you need an Amazon Prime subscription, if you want to watch Stranger Things you need
a Netflix subscription, if you want to watch Star Trek Discovery… well… hopefully you
can borrow a CBS all access password from your dad. But the point is people are shelling out money
to all these platforms for temporary access to a tv show instead of buying a box set. Remember when you just had to choose between
dvd and blu-ray? While it’s annoying enough to have 37 different
logins, and frustrating to use up hard drive space for some dumb software you only need
for one game there are pretty serious ramifications to these new ownership models. Last year farmers lost their right to repair
tractors and equipment they bought from John Deere. Under a new agreement, farmers can no longer
access or modify the source code of any farm equipment software, or change engine settings. They can’t even purchase repair parts without
going through an authorized dealer. Which you can find through their app.  This is a big deal for farmers, who have been
modifying and fixing their own equipment since forever. If an important piece of farm equipment breaks,
they can’t always afford to wait for a John Deere rep to come update their software for
them. And not being allowed to upgrade their tractors
means they can’t update their systems to meet future emissions requirements, which
means when standards change… they’ll have to buy a new tractor.  This isn’t new, it’s just spreading. Without software, our smartphones, which have
become pretty indispensable, are just fancy boxes. We lease that software. “Leasing software” isn’t anything new
either, as Microsoft pushes Office 365 subscriptions, or Adobe doing basically the same thing. And we’re at a point where we’re literally
advocating for laws so that we can fix things that we already own. The ‘right to repair’ movement has already
been picking up steam and appealing to the US government to address these issues.  So, as big companies like Apple and Google
and Disney take over platforms and buy everyone out, we might finally have fewer passwords
to memorize and fewer apps to purchase– but at what cost?  To put it bluntly: the cost is our data.  According to Srnicek, data “have become
increasingly central to firms and their relations with workers, customers, and other capitalists. Platforms became an efficient way to monopolize,
extract, analyze, and use the increasingly large amounts of data that were being recorded.”  So, while some of these businesses operate
by skimming off the top of sales, or charging subscription fees, a portion of their money
and success actually comes from collecting, using, and selling your information. And these platforms are being increasingly
integrated into our daily lives. Uber calculates fares based on information
coming in through the app, Spotify recommends new music based on an analysis of what you’ve
been listening to…  and then there are companies who are flat out selling information
for profit to third party data brokers… who forward it on to ad agencies, insurance
brokers, and anyone else who wants it. Kind of like how Rockefeller owned all the
oil, big tech companies monopolizing on data are starting to take over sections of the
economy, providing valuable services that people won’t stop paying for…and making
it difficult for anyone else to provide those services. What’s different is instead of controlling
physical resources, these businesses control our information and how its used. Netflix has so much information on people’s
viewing habits, they can keep recommending shows for people to watch so they’ll keep
their subscriptions active.  So it goes beyond selling your search history
to advertisers: companies use data to wield a huge amount of power when it comes to shaping
our consumption, or even the economy as a whole. Take Google Stadia. An article from Brian Feldman in the Intelligencer
points out that linking Stadia so closely with YouTube might create a feedback loop
of engagement metrics that could ultimately influence game-design choices. According to Feldman, “it’s not hard to
imagine a world in which the Stadia platform ends up wielding major, indirect influence
over what types of things game developers create and what YouTubers decide to stream.”  With everyone chasing trends, some game developers
might just end up creating cookie-cutter games that all look the same.  We see it with videos, like how when one watched
conspiracy theory videos, YouTube suggested more conspiracy videos, leading to an increase
in more conspiracy content, leading to more conspiracy theorists, who wanted more conspiracy
content. They’ve since fixed that, but you’re usually
only one Mukbang video away from the topic dominating your homepage.  But are we getting ahead of ourselves?  More than a century ago, policymakers were
confronted with a very similar problem, when people started using telephones. People owned their telephones, but they didn’t
own the system they were using to communicate. As people began to rely on telephones for
communication, phone companies turned into big unregulated monopolies. So, the government started placing restrictions
on the companies to keep them from exploiting consumers, allowing them to be monopolies,
but treating them as utilities. So maybe the federal trade commission will
do something similar with tech platforms… some policymakers even propose creating new
departments in government to oversee big platforms. While it’s still unclear what that will
look like, with Uber drivers striking to unionize and Mark Zuckerberg testifying before congress,
it seems like calls for intervention will only increase So what do you think? Are we destined for lives in the Matrix where
our data is extracted so big companies can profit trillions of dollars and dictate everything
we do with our time? Or will we find a middle ground where we live
harmoniously with our platforms in some kind of data-driven utopia? Let us know what you think. Thanks to all our patrons who support the
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100 Comments

  1. Nunu Rats says:

    I can be fully entertained on Youtube exclusively, and refuse to purchase any streaming services other than Netflix. I believe that all the companies should use Netflix to host their videos, and I don't care if it's fair to the producers like Disney. I once had access to a grand library of content through this one service, and I will not support the fact that they took that away from me by buying their new streaming services. Most, if not all people can live without these videos as, Youtube offers an endless stream of free content every day. In that, I expect that the companies can either respect the consumer and accept going back to the older, better system, or lose business due to their blatant disrespect.

  2. Ellie Marie says:

    I don't know if I'm naive or optimistic but I believe that in ten years time this will be over. There's only so much subscriptions that you can pay every month and sure there's rich people but Netflix only worked so well because everyone and their mother could see that they get more than their moneys worth for 10 bucks. I may want to watch a Disney movie once in a while but I'd never pay a subscription service every month for the ability to do so. Netflix helped reduce streaming criminality and as networks pull their content from Netflix some consumers will follow but most will just start ripping it again. I'm not saying that that should happen but realistically it will. More so because paying for a service that a few months back would have given you legal access provides a sense of entitlement. Much in the same way do we know that a train ticket isn't worth anything at home but since we already payed for it we might as well get on the train hoping not to be caught instead of paying twice.

  3. Scott K says:

    I mean is it really all that bad? 2005 you pay $20 for a single DVD. 2019 you pay $5/month for unlimited access to thousands of movies and shows. Is there a down side I'm missing?

  4. naveen can says:

    Vincero!? Luxury!! 😂😂😂😂

  5. Evan Collins says:

    Lol, I caught that you slipped in Hal with the Amazon Echo

  6. David Taylor says:

    I think you missed one of the biggest things driving this….copyright protection on intellectual property is WAY too long.

  7. liam nehren says:

    a lot of things like this are pretty obvious for a lot of people and i always argue that as well as the company trying to control people it's also the fault of the people in general since they actually do have the power, if tomorrow people as a whole decided to use another platform since the owner of facebook is largely considered an ass then facebook would fall to pieces utterly helpless to stop their fall.
    SO yeah the power is actually of the people and it is fairly easy to FIGHT THE POWER! just no one, wants/knows how.

  8. Uber Laufer says:

    you dont own your life, and neither does disney

  9. John Blackstone says:

    After working as Lyft customer support I've seen the company screw so many people it was sickening. Other people who've worked for other companies have a similar story. We can deny pay and shut down rental cars.

  10. John Blackstone says:

    "Some dumb software you only need for one thing."
    Cough ORIGIN cough BATTLEFIELD

  11. ChocoboKillerKanyo says:

    "Is there a problem?"

    Uh, capitalism, maybe?

  12. Bad Dragonite says:

    As much as people crap talk conspiracies, Alex Jones was totally right about Epstein and about them shutting him down.

  13. Rodrigo Valdiviezo Salazar says:

    It aint neo-feudalism, its just a new higher stage of capitalism, where the means of production still own by the capitalist now sell us access, since now with technology they can enforce the new laws about commodity uses. When the surveillance state came into maturity, so did the ability for companies to cheaply enforce new laws.

  14. K. David Woolley says:

    10:45 I still haven't accepted this 🙁 I like owning stuff so that if my mental disorders has me not do anything with it for five months I'm not out x dollars,

  15. Paxton Ghandi says:

    damn love the application of polyani

  16. Bob Tom says:

    Never trusted these streaming/cloud based services in the first placed. Good thing I stuck with cable. Same with CD's (Or just pirating it)m and a lot of other stuff…these fuckers ain't getting a penny from me…

  17. megaponful says:

    Are you telling me that the last phases of capitalism is communism…?

  18. ciaran dolan says:

    I think the bulk of the population is going to end up not having a fixed career leading to purposeless labor to the point where most of the population of the world travel as itinerant workers and travelers relying on cheap accommodation and low paying jobs and pastimes ultimately leading to an increase in illegal behavior and activity such as civil unrest or crime and insurgency ultimately causing the world as it stands to collapse

  19. Brandon A. English says:

    YouTube has definitely done more harm than good as it relates to what you call "conspiracy videos."
    I don't need YouTube or any other platform to recommend me anything except videos directly relevant to the exact terms I'm searching for, but more and more it is telling me what IT thinks I need to see, which is total bullshit.

    Also, I don't really care one lick about all of the streaming services platforms forcing people into multiple paid subscriptions. Anyone who spends (wastes) that much time just watching video series and programming for entertainment is someone I can't feel sorry for.

  20. MakiPcr says:

    I'm not gonna give Disney my money, I'm already committed to Netflix, I'll just pirate it

  21. Amazatastic says:

    just drop that marxist theory video already

  22. Gentlemen Z says:

    One quick correction, despite metro exodus becoming an exclusive on epic games store, steam pre orders still received the game on steam.

  23. Rodrigo Mateo OM says:

    Hello piracy my old friend. I come to talk with you again

  24. Flynn178 says:

    Nobody:

    Jared: “Vin-chair-o”

  25. superLuigi675 says:

    you know that you can still buy music on the apple store right? we don’t NEED spotify it’s just convenient but in the long run it’ll probably cost us more

  26. Sean Kelley says:

    What is the name of the book that Karl Polanyi wrote, that was used for this video?

  27. empty shogun says:

    11:31 "Go premium. Be happy" that is some blade runner dystopian sci-fi shit right there.

  28. Sean Ezeh says:

    Renter Capitalism is here baby

  29. Fanzindel says:

    10:00 repairing your equipment and changing the source code are two vastly different things. Funny how this always gets thrown out of proportion by people who know nothing about farming equipment. But go on 🙄

  30. Alastair Hewitt says:

    Everyone on here only cares about the content they can stream and not the jobs that are being destroyed or the larger effects this will have for society as a whole.

    Keep the masses entertained…

  31. Jace Cavacini says:

    Jared: Please get a lint-roller.

    As for the video… I guess I’m the choir here. The “tech” (computer) industry has been fucking us all for decades and it’s finally starting to get noticed as the availability of physical media has successfully been driven to “rarity” status. None of this is new, it’s just gotten so egregious that a few more critical thinkers have taken notice of it.

    The video’s thumbnail should say “You don’t own digital content”. And to that, I remind people to keep buying CDs and Blu-Ray/DVD discs if you want to be able to watch the content you paid for, and to save backups of all the software installers you’ve ever downloaded after buying [a license to use] any software.

    At this point, the abuse has once again forced the hand of the consumer to start pirating shit again. I have also been resurrecting my notions of buying a digital display (NOT a “smart TV”) and Blu-Ray player just so I can watch content that wont magically vanish when the endlessly shifting licensing deals remove content from services I DO subscribe to (like Netflix). There’s no fucking way I am going to even TRY to subscribe to every fucking service just to have access to the content. I literally cannot afford it and neither can the average consumer.

  32. Pedro Coelho says:

    Internet: Streaming is getting insane and making us own less stuff than we expected.

    Kodi and IPTV: Allow us to introduce ourselves…

  33. Иван Рявкин says:

    Kinda pointless topic. Either you are a "free people" with democracy, laws and ANTI-MONOPOLY REGULATIONS, or you are already a slave to your government, corporations, etc. All the fuss is about your master changing from Federal Reserve System, Wall Street and White House to Google, Disney and Amazon. Personally, I prefer Google to banks every day.

  34. Boul Shyte says:

    3:15 video starts

  35. GoldfishGam3r says:

    I own my totally legal and not at all pirated digital "backups"

  36. Backyard Stranger says:

    Be cheap and be accessible to everyone looking at their financial status.

  37. Even Frank says:

    Nope they'll just give lobbyists premium memberships so that they can maintain the current structure

  38. Kristoffer Ognedal says:

    Platforms only work if they are affordable, intuitive, available and centralized. The problem is if you diversify(more platforms) affordability, availability and centralization takes a hit. Netflix alone worked because it was THE platform, now its just one of too many.

  39. contingent exe says:

    the solution is simple.
    a pirates life for me.

  40. Anders Christiansen Sørby says:

    It's kind of ironic when you critize capitalism and talk about the amazing product from your sponsor 😆
    Anyway in the same way companies are leasing services to us we should lease data to them. The companies should never be given total control over our data. We should also be able to quickly revoke our data and transfer them to another service. Also many platforms should be made into public spaces where companies only can provide services on top of the platform. Imagine that Facebook was publicly owned.

  41. Renee Simpson says:

    Soo this is the guy with that voice!!

  42. Richard Holman says:

    Can't wait till Microsoft, Apple, Linux, and all computer software and hardware are no longer allowed to be touched remotely or upgraded under threat of serious fines or even criminal punishment instead of just a warranty voided.

  43. Aaron Thomas says:

    I think Netflix just made everyone realize cable was actually overpriced. Networks never saw them coming.

  44. BlackLightning325 says:

    Subscriptions, subscriptions, and more fucking subscriptions…..

    When will it end?

  45. Sidd Sen says:

    Neo-feudalism, eh?

    Neat.

  46. Mass acher says:

    Not gonna watch the vid. Just stopped in to say fuck you all 😂😂😂😂 I download all my movies and tv shows for free so yes I do own them haha

  47. Conner Ryan says:

    VEN – CHURRO

  48. Lu Hau says:

    This is why people pirate…

  49. Tim Harris says:

    Think that television shows going behind multiple pay walls is feudalism? Time to get a life and friends.

  50. Soul of Cinder says:

    This is exactly why to this day I purchase physical copies of both games and movies.

  51. One Of Those Guys says:

    The capitalist machine knows no bounds……

  52. One Of Those Guys says:

    Jailbreak on "The Emoji Movie" is the epitome of revolutionary thought today lol

  53. One Of Those Guys says:

    The movie "Just In Time"

  54. One Of Those Guys says:

    The movie "Virtual Revolution"

  55. One Of Those Guys says:

    The movie "Ready Player One"

  56. One Of Those Guys says:

    Capitalism loves and pushes nostalgia and kills creative thought by squeezing it like toothpaste you know is already emptied.

  57. One Of Those Guys says:

    Material dialectics as always lol

  58. Charles Stebbins says:

    Ha ha, you think you own your computer. Read the "legal terms of agreement" that you okayed during registration. You don't own anything, the internet owns you.

  59. gurchtschalllly says:

    i dont use platforms i just torrent the shit, and i shoplift those watches as well!

  60. Jlinus says:

    And u wonder why people just torrent things for free

  61. Linklex7 says:

    It's funny to think we're back to piracy and/or cable TV again as the cheaper alternative. Crazy how we ended up back here again.

  62. Grant Green says:

    It's like home ownership…you're just renting from the state.

  63. Grant Green says:

    Regulations will only lead to almost singular monopolies running the show ie. Comcast. Remove copyright laws. If your product is good people will still donate or purchase it.

  64. Leocram Vinci says:

    Piracy 💪

  65. Nico Reviglio says:

    I think we are heading into those futuristic fucked up societies like blade runner. All monopolised. Where you don't own any shit even your life.

  66. DOOM667 says:

    i always pirate my stuff, they dont get a fucking cent of me.

  67. Dnlndn Arz says:

    In conclusion, capitalism sucks and the internet was a mistake

  68. Danistormborn says:

    The answer to having your data is mined is simply the be mindful when you’re searching for something. At least the top half of the first page of google search results is ads. A personality tailored ad can be beneficial but beware if you’re slipping into an echo chamber. Remember to look at stuff you don’t like or want the most so the internet doesn’t limit your horizons

  69. tjr says:

    But why would we want to OWN entertainment of all things? Get your priorities straight people. You're owned by platforms that are slaves to capitalism so what does that really make you? "Ah my video games, they are MINE!!! :'("

  70. Br ian says:

    What about freedom for my soul, can I Own my soul?

  71. MrUnseen says:

    Thank you for your critical analyses internet-talky-man!

  72. A says:

    What? What the fuck? Seriously? Fuck all that subscription bullshit, what John Deere is terrible, more people has to know about that.

  73. i r n00bz0r says:

    Have you ever read the terms and conditions on a DVD, a Blu-Ray, a video game, or any computer software ever? We've never owned any copyrighted work we purchase. That was never a thing.

  74. Giorgio Massignani says:

    funny how I’m watching this on a Google-owned platform on a Apple-manufactured device

  75. #Mr _Draw says:

    Then piracy would be the next Robin Hood

  76. John W. Smokes Jr. says:

    It's called: Fuck You, I will torrent.

  77. John W. Smokes Jr. says:

    The bad guys always win at the expense of the masses.

  78. Talk and Reaction says:

    physical media > digital media try me …..

  79. Radoslav Balabanov says:

    Americans are so sheltered. There is free option from everything you mentioned in this video. Learn that the rules are to be broken not kept mindlessly.

  80. Surreal williams says:

    bible spoke of this, the beasts system..you cannot buy, sell or trade…..with these systems they can lock you out across the board and you wont be able to buy, sell or trade..am I wrong?

  81. Anita Bonghit says:

    a plank of wood lying across 2 boxes is a 'platform'.

    'platform' sounds like an ill-defined corperate weazel word

  82. Жека Иванов says:

    We will live in something close to utopia, but only if we never stop expressing our opinion both on the internet and in real life

  83. Sebastián de Jesús Muñoz Santana says:

    It is interesting…that the modernization of media is turning to an obsolete system that led to bloody civil conflict in the past.

    Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. This video summarized why I'm so reluctant in partaking in this 'service' economy for products that were once goods, products.

    But like political feudalism prior, this won't last forever. Eventually a new generation will want to own things again when this digital feudal lords begin to implement draconian policies.

  84. Cero Ashura says:

    Easy solution: shut em down

  85. Island Rogue 4568 says:

    Heavy info dude, great insight on the system! Great vidclip, keep up the good work!

  86. Chrstphr Mllr says:

    The whole point of Subscriptions is that I DONT want to own all this crap. I might want to watch a movie but that doesn't mean I want to find a place in my house for the physical media. Millennials are swaying towards 'Access instead of Ownership'. Which is good for the environment and for our personal sanity. Minimalism pushes this concept a lot. If I can get access to something is that any different than owning it. Yeah there are some flaws but if i really wanted to own it I could go buy it for 3 times the price of a monthly subscription price. For example, 30 dollars for a single DVD that you can watch a couple times or 30 bucks for 2 months of Netflix Access where I can watch 100's of videos as I want without wasting the time, space and cost to purchase them all. Apple music is amazing. I listen to so much music that if I tried to buy the 20 albums a month I find I wouldn't be able to enjoy music in the same way. I also stopped pirating media seeing it's easier to pay for subscriptions than download torrents.

  87. Shiny Desire says:

    Keep up the great work love your content

  88. Jean Roch says:

    Here's how it's gonna go down : "platform" owners will abuse their subscribers and eventually this will create demand for "old-fashionned" hard copies of movies, music, books, games, etc… leading to the creation of new businesses that will take a bite out of the Netflixes of this world. I expect this will happen within less than a decade.

  89. I'm your boss babe says:

    Just go just lookmovie(.)ag u get everything for freeeeeeeeeeeee

  90. Jordan Costello says:

    14:21 You gave the same option twice!

  91. Cobac says:

    OMG that paid sponsorship….gotta love the money tho

  92. A. S. Hole says:

    Entertainment is an opioid.

  93. Federico Jimbo Smithson says:

    No problem for me. What I truly own are the stuffs that are product of my own creativity.

  94. Eric Bircs says:

    Ill pass. They can rub those subscriptions on their chest.

  95. thewillingwell says:

    Has anyone read Brian K. Vaughn’s The Private Eye?

  96. Wahab says:

    Customers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your monthly subscriptions!

  97. Benjamin Briggs says:

    At the dawn of telephones, most people rented their telephones, as they were a very expensive piece of equipment.

  98. NicK Beach says:

    Pirate everthing

  99. Brent Miller says:

    Just don't watch anything…..easy.

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