Virtual Reduces Access

Digital artifacts, esp entertainment ones, seem to broaden access to the artifact. I can download a book, song, or movie at anytime from any place. With streaming services we all, in some sense, have access to virtual libraries beyond anything most of us could have hoped for.

And yet.

Consider Netflix. It’s streaming library is depressingly shallow and getting more so in many ways (note that Disney will pull much of its content soon in favor of its own platform). We will see more an more content fractured into different silos until someone bundles them up into very expensive packages a la cable.

Copyright increasingly sucks. I mean, it’s long been a horrible drag and boon to rentiers but it’s getting worse. It turns out that the Web and the Internet are not that hard for bad guys to control and they don’t have the common good job mind.