Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, HBO, and whatnot… The future has arrived. I have no problem getting used to all these new video streaming platforms. I went through the videotape phase, the DVD phase, why not go through this one as well? After all, it’s becoming the dominant way of watching movies. Movie production companies are still releasing DVDs of their movies, but I wonder when all this will become obsolete. Maybe never, I hope never. I’ll elaborate on that.
Digital streaming platforms are great. You got everything at the tips of your fingers with just the click of a few buttons, and voila. You have a whole universe of movies and TV shows, and even documentaries, to choose from. Isn’t that lovely? If only you could stay inside and watch them all, who knows what treasures you’ll discover. But don’t let me be sarcastic. I really think they’re much more practical and easier to use. However, my problem is that there’s too much choice, and we weren’t trained for it.
Back in the old days, you had a limited selection of entertainment – music, movies, TV, art, books – everything. Now you have a nearly unlimited selection of everything. This is a beautiful thing, but I often see the younger generations have a hard time deciding what movie they want to see because there’s so much choice at any time of day and night. They spend hours thinking about it, and then regret their decision. The end result is – no enjoyment.
I’m not old, but I’m old-fashioned when it comes to these things. I’m not against technology or anything, but I’m not comfortable with it just yet. I know you gotta accept things as they come and I try to upgrade my life whenever it starts to feel a little stale – a man gotta do that. For example, I upgraded my water heater, I got a tankless one professionally installed. I got a Mac, a new coffee machine, an upgraded grass mower for my yard… See, I’m not too bad.
But, I can’t help but feel resistance when it comes to having too much choice. I like DVDs because of the ritual. You pick a CD, you open up the packaging, you feel that smell of plastic, you put the DVD in your player and wait for it to load… I don’t know, maybe I’m being nostalgic.
What do you think?