Partial seasons have a payoff

Partial seasons have a payoff for the content holder.

Allow me to explain. Years ago I watched a show that I liked called WareHouse 13. Unfortunately they only had two episodes on Netflix, so I never watched past that. It seemed to be on TV but because I didn’t watch because it wasn’t a priority.

So yesterday I see it listed on Amazon Video. Now I don’t like Amazon at all, but I also am very curious about what happened. I also like the story line because it thoughtfully examines different ideas. So I paid the $29 to watch the season 4 and my curiosity is satisfied.

It makes sense that content makers want people to get a taste and then buy things. I don’t mind supporting them in this way. It has brought me lots more pleasure than $29 worth. I think more and more in the future what we will see are productions that are self funded and bypass the traditional gatekeepers.

You see this now with the incredible number of original programs by streaming services like Netflix and Hulu. Some things seem so inevitable, that you look back and it seems weird for it not to happen. Take the internet for example. We look back and wonder what life would be without it.

Many people share this sense of curiosity that I have. I am so glad I bought this season. It features Brent Spiner who was Data on Star Trek. He adds a charm and interesting variety to the show. In some ways the show seems to be grasping at straws by bringing in a big hitter like him, but its ok because I like his character.

When we like something we can forgive almost anything can’t we? I guess now I will be looking Amazon video over for other shows I might enjoy. I tend to like Netflix but Hulu had some good series as well. Why can’t they just have a service where you can pick exactly what you want?


Is the future just technological?

I hope the future isn’t just technology. It would be such a boring place.

I like Star Trek and all the progress and science that it represents. I like the fact that one day we will have incredible technologies that seem improbable now. I like the fact that we are slowly increasing our understanding of the universe and growing as species.

However even with all the wonderful things that science and technology bring us, it clearly isn’t the answer. We grow more capable and energy efficient, but that just causes us to use energy in other things. Yes we can do more with engines than we used to do, but we have so many engines now that we are causing global warming because of it.

Clearly science can only go so far. The other part of course is our lifestyle or how we choose to use it. I am not saying what we should do with our lives, but to recognize that technology isn’t the only answer.

I work with technology and often have people ask me how we can be more efficient with that. I love those kinds of questions and yes we can do much more with technologies help. However I see with the addiction that people have to their phones and the Internet that it is crossing the line from being helpful to being destructive.

Why do I say this? It is common for people not to remember things because they say they can google it. Rather than people being valued for being educated, we value someones search skills. Rather than have personal enrichment or reading just for the pleasure of reading, we tend to skim Facebook for information. Did you know that one study said that 60% of people get their primary news from Facebook? Facebook as a news source is repulsive to me.

One news source, no matter how good is only one point of view. The best news source would be something with differing points of view and challenging whatever the current point of view is. What use is news that doesn’t challenge the reader?

Is the future just technological? I hope not. I hope we don’t become machines but rather stay human and challenge the system.

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