This is the way my grandparents chat when they were my age.
Most people don’t give a crap about where they get their laughs or information, so long as it’s free. “Because so many things on the Internet are free, everything else should be free.” They don’t want to see ads, don’t want to donate, won’t subscribe, don’t want to click something to magically generate a free penny that goes into a tip jar. In fact, there seems to be a growing collective distaste for the idea of you making money at all.
I admire Mr. Mann for spending tons of cash on the things that he loves. I often do the same. Most people don’t and—thanks to the current culture of the Internet—won’t.
This isn’t about some brave new world of change, and it’s not a revolutionary new business model that “old media” is trying to kick, scream, and blindly run away from. It’s pure, nihilistic entitlement.
Some people get to make great stuff on the Internet and make a name for themselves. Someone in a position of power gets a glint in their eye, and then these people get offers to speak around the country or get a job at an established company doing what they did in their garage for free. That’s awesome for them. Truly.
But what works for some people, or some companies, doesn’t work for others. The only revolution here is that people are turning a blinder eye in greater masses than ever to this essential fact of life.
It’s entitlement, and it’s bullshit.
I really hope ICANN doesn’t cave to a bunch of misguided religious nuts again. The .xxx TLD would make it easier for parents, schools, and businesses who want to avoid or filter porn to do exactly that, while not impeding folks who want to find it. It’s a win-win for everyone.
Never mind the fact that the majority of iPhone apps are games that have little-to-nothing to do with the Internet. That “Safari” app isn’t much to worry about either. But let’s face something else while we’re on a roll with the reality checks: When was the last time someone gave a shit about how the Internet looks on a Windows Mobile device?
Ballmer needs to stop talking and start producing. The man is an abbrasive jock who continually writes checks that very few people care to even look at anymore.