Sharing information has peaked. At least your own personal stuff. Sharing will be limited to sending along what has already broken through. Because no one has the interest or time for the wannabe.
So we’re returning to the old era. Just when you believed we were on the cusp of a new.
There’s no tech breakthrough on the horizon, no new Website paradigm. We’ve already got mobile phones, maybe we’ll get watches… As for Google Glass and other wearable computers, other than specific items like Fitbits/trackers, that help us individually, they’re niche, because they don’t do something we want them to.
As for paying… For all the hoopla over piracy, unless you’re HBO making your shows unavailable without a cable subscription, it’s no longer an issue. Ten percent of the people will never pay. The rest crumble to convenience. Kids don’t bother to steal music anymore, they just go to YouTube, where the artists do get paid.
The “Wall Street Journal” is behind a paywall. The “New York Times” has got a soft paywall. They no longer care about dominance, they want to survive. There are micropayments on iTunes. Figure out a universal payment system that’s friction free and suddenly you’re paying for everything.
That’s the online trend. Not freemium, not give it away and hope to make it up on the road, but raw payment. And it might not be much now, but it’ll grow. It might not be what it once was, but what will be what it once was is the culture of winners and losers. It’s the culture of curation. When people are overloaded, they gravitate to the known, or abandon altogether.
The Internet has been taken over by the man.
And that includes everybody who went to Silicon Valley to get rich. As for Google saying to do no harm, they’re gonna use your identity in ads without permission, unless you’re sharp enough to opt out.
Apple was never free. Sure, its OS is now free, but only if you own an expensive computer. The company’s goal is to lock you into their system.
So we’re giving you your life back. Same as it ever was. Just you and your family and buddies, no one else is interested.