The ridiculous rise of Internet talk shows, podcasts, and broadcasted entertainment options for the new generations!
Podcasts, YouTube Channels, Twitch.tv, oh my!
If you don't know what I'm talking about at this point, you've been living under a rock. You need to get a connection to WiFi or 4G wireless as soon as possible, do a search for anything that seems like it might be interesting, and pay attention to the fact that videos and live streaming are absolutely everywhere. It's not just famous people - like Anna Faris on her podcast, or Joe Rogan on his YouTube channel - it's millions of Joe Shmoes who are sharing live experiences while video gaming, playing PokemonGO, cooking the next thing that will also be viewed on their Instagram, or being retweeted on Twitter.
When did this all happen, and what does it mean for people who are afraid of all the change?
Well, first of all, it's important to even understand that this is happening, and it's not going away, unless something happens to where we legally can't do it - which I don't see coming what with all of the money advertisers are also making from all of this.
To answer the first question - it has been happening for a long time, a little over a decade - where people started podcasting, and sharing a lot of recorded videos online. Most of these people were seen as wasting their time, or being outright dangerous for posting on the Internet where they will never be able to retract their statements, or truly take down their content for good. Now, more than a decade later, a lot of people who started back then are rewarded with huge subscriber bases, with 1000s of YouTubers, Podcasters, and individuals on websites like uStream and Twitch, having over 500,000 subscribers, and making tons of money off of their loyal fans.
I think this is the new way of entertainment for people who aren't old or who aren't boring. Let's face it, if you are still paying $100 a month for cable you are either terribly boring, and nobody gives a shit about you, or you are old and you've had a lifetime of watching television that was picked for you, and you are just set in your ways. The only people I know who are 30 and under who have normal cable/satellite subscriptions are people who get it as an added benefit to their HOA or apartment dues. People who are a part of any of the younger generations are subscribing to Hulu, Netflix, HBO GO, or none of those and instead subscribing to individual entertainers like the infamous, and annoying as shit, PewDiePie.
All of this is generally great. If nothing changes, we will all be able to find hundreds, if not thousands, of entertainment options all across the web, available at the rate of speed at which we are connected to the Internet (which is pretty fast for most of us), and we won't have to watch anything we don't want - except for the commercials in between. I believe the only people who will have a problem with this will be the cable companies and everybody else in that industry who was desperately clinging to the old Cable TV model, and of course, old people, or people who are boring and can't decide what they want to watch for themselves - but I'm sure the likes of YouTube and Twitch will have a solution, even for them!