My media apogee

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My media apogee

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I think my consumption of media peaked when I was in college and constantly downloading. I could just think of something, type it in nearly correctly, and own it. Some things, I would just download for the hell of it – perhaps I would listen to that discography and perhaps not. Maybe I would just listen to the early stuff – the good stuff.

It became easy to find my musical center and the types of movies that I loved. Were it not for downloading, I would probably be convinced that Blink-182 is the epitome of punk rock and that Minor Threat was a band made famous by Sublime. My favorite movie would be the most recent sci-fi action blockbuster with Bruce Willis – not that its not still that way.

Downloading allowed me to experience music and movies that I could not afford. My downloads were not displacing sales that the record and movies executives lost money on – if not for P2P programs, I just would not have purchased as much as I really wanted to experience.

College was also the period when I had the most free time, which could be spent listening to music and watching movies. I viewed and listened obsessively, the same movies would be watched over and over and albums would be listened to on repeat. My recall of trivial pop culture is now unmatched.

Downloading allowed me to experience culture in a time just before the explosion of Youtube, Spotify, Netflix, and other streaming services. I would have been a different person without it. I think that many people who read this would explain things similarly.


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