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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/30/2016 7:40:10 AM
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Re: Interesting
ElizabethV,

Oh, there are some major problems built into what Netflix and the other providers seem to be trying to do; the popular entertainment world is a complex ecosystem (or noosystem, pronounced noh-oh-system, if you're trapped in an elevator with a former perfesser who used to teach and research some of this stuff).  Cherry-picking the revenue always leads to the collapse of feeder systems and smaller, less satisfied audiences overall, which is why new media and arts have golden ages (when no one knew what they were doing and great stuff got done by accident), silver ages (when people consolidated around the great stuff), and stamped tinplate ages (when no provider dared to move a tenth of an inch off the formula). Netflix is part of the process of moving from gold to silver. Tinplate will follow; and then, probably due to technical innovation or maybe just to people getting bored, there will be another trough and gold will be found somewhere else. It's happened repeatedly in popular music, theatre, movies, fashion, and I think you could argue in sports as well.

We tend to forget, doing and reading tech commentary and journalism, that tech is still how people do what they want to do.  For decades people really wanted better TV and nobody could make money giving it to them. Now, all of a sudden, if you give it to them you can hardly avoid making money.  But the golden season doesn't last forever, any more than spring does.

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/29/2016 10:21:58 PM
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Re: Interesting
I think that will be the key for Netflix if and when they move forward with this. Keeping us all playing the game. My husband also didn't think he'd care very much for them trying to read his mind. He thought it might be fun once but quickly lose its appeal. I tend to think the powers that be generally know how to keep us mice satisfied, I'm sure they'll think of something. 

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afwriter
afwriter
9/28/2016 11:54:08 PM
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Re: Interesting
Well, that de-evolved quickly. 

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/28/2016 11:25:51 PM
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Re: Interesting
I am always fascinated by your Matter-of-fact view of the reality before us--sometimes I can't help but wonder if those very species you noted are smarter than we are--look at what we've done to our Planet (and we claim to be the "Superior" species).     What will be very interesting, though, to see how a company like UPS can adapt.   But that's for a different day 

Let's keep the conversation going!!
:)

 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/28/2016 10:20:26 PM
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Re: Interesting
mpouraryan,

Well, every other species (some apes and cetaceans, and maybe elephants) gets along without having any point that it is aware of.

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/28/2016 7:53:50 PM
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Re: Interesting
ElizabethV, Oh, but there is always a catch. To really give you and everyone else what they all really want a system has to be somewhat more complex than the overall aggregate of human desires (since it has to hold that aggregate and operate on its possible alternate states). And if it is that complex it is even less predictable by people than their own aggregate desires. Resistance is futile because it always becomes part of the game, and the game gets better the more we resist!

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/28/2016 3:07:36 PM
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Re: Interesting
Despite all the tech "hoopla" around us, we still to retain a sense of sanity and ultimately keep the faith--we've got--otherwise, then, what's the point :) 

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JohnBarnes
JohnBarnes
9/28/2016 3:03:56 PM
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Re: Interesting
Mpouraryan, I'm not so sure giving up being human is all bad. After all, we all gave up being Australopitheci. And having been to high school with several humans, I'm not so sure being human is a lot to give up.

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mpouraryan
mpouraryan
9/28/2016 10:54:42 AM
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Re: Interesting
I understand what you're saying--however I am not prepared to give up being human just yet.    

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elizabethv
elizabethv
9/28/2016 8:23:44 AM
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Re: Interesting
@JohnBarnes - I think you're exactly right with that, so far, we've at least maintained control, or that's what the software wants us to think. And if I were a betting person, I'd imagine that will continue to be the case. Much like the Romans giving people free bread and entertainment just to keep them from rioting. Someone on a political post the other day asserted that the only reason we are told to vote is to give us the idea that our vote has some control. But realistically, for most of us, our vote has no control. I think the people that are keenly aware of this are people in the opposite political party than their state typically votes for. Democrats in strong red states probably noticed pretty quickly their votes don't make a difference. I'm sure there are people in similar situations using various types of computer software.

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