I am really NOT happy with this current trend where everything is flashed or podcasted or videoized or youtubed or explained-in-person. For example, [appearantly] there is this great interview with the Pandora founder regarding the before-mentioned online radio royalty rate issues. But I dont have the patience to sit for 30 minutes listening to a guy go "but you know, uh, uh, like, uh, its like, you see, uh, uh, you know uh-uh-uh-uh". Forget that, someone transcribe it.
The reason I am HERE on the http-webs and NOT in front of a dumb glaring preprogrammed realtime television set is because I want stuff, I want information, and I want it much faster than realtime. I want to throw a glance at things and decide if it is relevant. I like to quickly scan or search for the bits I am after and then devour them in the speed necessary for me to attain the information I seek. Which usually is pretty much fucking faster than anyone can speak.
LOOK UP THE PREFIX HYPER, you mindless video loving idiots. Go back to TV and stay there. I don't want to spend my life watching stupid Flash intros or menus just to download a driver for my scanner.
Not only are interviews lazily youtubed and websites heavily flashified, there is also a trend where software features, instructions and technical information are being relayed as video. With a jabbering developer mumbling the voiceover, instead of plain text documentation. It's horrible! It sucks moose!
Often I find myself on a roaming 3G cellphone connection outside Norway. Can you imagine my frustration when I have to wait several hours for a stupid single bit of information, stuck in the middle of a 36 megabyte mp4 clip? Not to mention the bankruptcy-inspired prices for roaming 3G data waiting on my phone bill? And it's probably just a matter of time until my phone bill comes as a bloody interactive 10 minute youtube clip.
Don't get me wrong - I love the fact that youtube/streaming video is a reality. I grew up before the war, with BBSes, you know. I am just mad at the bonkers idea that youtube and podcasts should be used for everything, and sometimes, INSTEAD of text.
Thank the-flying-spaghetti-monster for the 4 x speed function in Quicktime.