Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Don't try this on internet.

Things that you should not try on the internet.

 The internet, a technology many of us todaytake for granted, has only been around for about thirty years. And in that time, it’s completely changedthe way humans interact, shop, and even behave. Children growing up in the 70’s and 80’sexperienced a world that operated much different than it does today. Due in large part to the influence the internethas on our lives. And in this video we’re going to take alook at some things that were very common before the internet, but have become obsoleteor much less common today. This is Greg with Apple Explained and if youwant to help decide which video topics I cover, make sure you’re subscribed and these votingpolls will show up in your mobile activity feed. Now we could probably spend all day goingover how much the internet has effected our lives and what exactly it’s made obsolete. But I wanted to focus on ten things that Ithink younger people might find particularly interesting. And the first thing is video rental stores. Places like Blockbuster and Hollywood Videohad thousands of locations in cities all over the country. That’s where you’d go to get the latestVHS or DVD release of a movie you’ve really wanted to see. But they had more than just movies. You could rent tv shows and video games fromthese stores too. Typically, you’d pay an upfront fee to rentthe item for the first 24 hours, and then pay fees for each additional day you keptit. And if you’re wondering why it was so popularto rent movies instead of just buying them outright, it’s because movies used to havea rental-only release period. Where studios would charge more than $100per movie on VHS that was intended to be sold to video stores to rent out at a more affordableprice. So if you wanted to watch the latest moviesavailable on VHS, you either had to buy them for a ridiculous price, or rent them fromyour local video store. Now all of this changed with the advent ofthe DVD, since studios made new movie releases available to consumers at a much lower pricethat effectively eliminated the rental-only period. But video rental stores weren’t just placesyou’d go to pick up a VHS or DVD. They represented much more than that, especiallyto kids. They were places where you could roam aroundwhile enjoying the smell of popcorn and browsing various movies until you found one that excitedyou the most. It was an experience that I think most peopleremember fondly, and one that I think is lost today while scrolling through Netflix or Hulu. If you’ve ever bought a ticket to virtuallyany live event in the age of Ticketmaster, you’re probably familiar with the outrageousnumber of fees piled on top of the ticket cost. There’s a service fee, order processingfee, resale service fee, delivery fee, facility fee among others. And this can inflate ticket prices to over30-50% of their original cost. And this is due to a couple of factors. First, online ticket resale sites allow botsto buy hundreds of tickets at a time. Effectively selling out popular shows in secondsand allowing the owner of those tickets to turn around and resell them at a higher price. Second, having middleman resellers like Ticketmasterhas allowed concert venues to charge more for a ticket through hidden fees. That way customers blame the ticket resellerrather than the venue, who saves face while making more money anyway. But it hasn’t always been this way. Before the internet, fans would have to driveto the concert venue and wait in line for hours to get a chance to buying a concertticket. And this approach had pros and cons. The nice thing was there weren’t any exorbitantfees like we see today, but the downside was that you ended up spending hours trying toget your hands on a ticket. Which was definitely an inconvenience. If you’re on the younger side then you’veprobably only seen these in libraries. But dictionaries used to be a staple itemof virtually every home in the country. It was very similar to the phone book, inthat you couldn’t really function without it. Especially if you had children in school. I remember my family owning probably fiveor six different dictionaries and fearing the moment when I came across an unfamiliarword in a reading assignment. Because that was when my mother would pointto the bookshelf, and I’d let out a sign while shuffling over to grab the dictionaryand spending what felt like forever trying to look up the definition of one word. And when it came to doing research for schoolprojects, encyclopedias were a must. And they were even worse than dictionariesbecause you’d have to locate the right volume from a collection of about 15 books, and thenlook up the topic you needed more information about. So the fact that the internet has allowedme look up definitions and wikipedia articles in just seconds, is something I’ll nevertake for granted. But there’s one more thing I want to mentionabout dictionaries and encyclopedias, they were often very expensive. Which meant that information were only availableto those families who could afford it. But the internet is a much more accessibleutility that can supply more information than any dictionary or encyclopedia ever could. And it’s resulted in more people havingaccess to the information and resources they need to be successful, regardless of income. Class reunions have become much less commonthan they used to be before the internet. And it’s because there was literally noway to get into contact with all of your old classmates without doing hours of researchand investigation trying track them all down. So each graduating class typically had committeein charge of locating and organizing reunions every five or ten years. These events gave people the opportunity toreconnect with old high school friends and classmates who they hadn’t talked to inyears. But class reunions have become less popularin recent years thanks to social media. If you want to check up on an old friend,chances are they’re just a few clicks away on FaceBook or Instagram. Perhaps one of the most disappointing sideeffects of the internet in my opinion has been the decline of traditional high qualityjournalism. It’s actually something Steve Jobs pointedout many years ago [clip] And quality journalism is something Apple hasbeen trying to revive with services like Apple News Plus. Before the digital revolution, there was ahuge variety of newspapers and magazines that people subscribed to in order to stay up todate on a number of topics, including national and local news, sporting events, entertainment,and more. But when the internet became the most commonand convenient source of information and news, people stopped buying newspapers and magazines. Instead reading articles by bloggers who maynot have the same investigative resources as a newspaper company. The internet has also contributed to a cultureof fake news and clickbait, where sensational content is rewarded with more clicks and thereforemore ad revenue. You may be familiar with the term “radio”as it relates to music streaming services, but before the internet, radios were the originalmusic streaming device. You could tune in to various frequencies andpick up different radio stations, each of which had their own unique genre. But there was also a large community of hamradio enthusiasts which was sort’ve like an audio version of the internet. People could build and use ham radios to broadcastacross town or even around the world. Closing the distance between populations andallowing information to be shared far and wide. But as digital music services like iTunes,Spotify, and Apple Music became popular, the use of radios has declined significantly. Which has actually put hundreds of stationsacross the country out of business. Letters are also something that has becomemuch less popular since the internet. Email has not only replaced hand written lettersas a more efficient and affordable way to correspond with others, but companies havebeen utilizing email in ways never seen before. Instead of sending coupons through the mail,customers can receive special offers through email instantly. Which means companies can send offers moreoften and with less notice in advanced. But individuals are also benefitting fromthe technology, things like paperless billing makes our lives much simpler by saving ustime sorting through piles of mail on a daily basis. But as you may’ve heard, things like emailhas caused some problems for the United States Postal Service who aren’t making nearlyas many mail deliveries as they used to, but thankfully the rise in ecommerce has helpedrecover most of their losses. This is one I think might surprise young peoplethe most. Before the internet, there was obviously nosuch thing as google maps. So keeping a fold out map in your car wasvery common. But as you can imagine, their use was muchmore limited than the digital maps we’re used to today. They were often out of date and didn’t featurethe exact location you were looking for, just the general region of where your destinationmight be located. And this often led to drivers pulling intothe nearest gas station and asking for directions from locals who were more familiar with thearea. But this is something I personally have neverdone thanks to GPS devices and then turn-by-turn directions on my phone, and I suspect thisconcept sounds unusual to other young people today. Memorizing your friends and family’s phonenumbers was extremely common before the age of smartphones, but I think it’s a conceptthat may sound silly today. After all, most of us have hundreds of contactsin our phones, how could you ever have the time memorize all of them? But the reality was you either memorized phonenumbers, or wrote them in an address book to be referenced later. In fact, I remember an assignment in middleschool where our class had to write down all the phone numbers we knew by heart, and afew of the students knew more then 30 numbers. Something I still find incredible. But with the advent of smartphones, it’sno longer necessary to memorize phone numbers, except maybe your own. Alright now this one is kind’ve the culminationof all my other points put together. And that is the decline of patience. Now I mean this in the context of small everytasks. Modern conveniences like the internet, smartphones,social media, email, and ecommerce, have meant we can get more tasks done at lightning fastspeeds compared to thirty years ago. But the downside is that if a task that requiresmore time than necessary, it’s easier to become annoying. I myself have been guilty of this. For example, whenever I am forced to writeout a check and mail it to someone instead of using Venmo, I let out a sigh of frustration. If I have to drive to my bank’s branch locationto cancel a transaction or update my account information, I often think, “why isn’tit possible to do this on their website? I would take me all of two minutes insteadof waiting in line for fifteen.” And maybe I’m the only person who has thesethoughts, but I suspect not. So I find it demonstrates just how far technologyhas come in thirty years, and that it helps to reflect on how lucky I truly am to be aliveduring this transformative period. Now I want to thank Hostinger for sponsoringthis video, if you want to host a high quality website for the lowest price possible, hostingeris exactly what you need. They’re actually offering you guys an additional15% off their web hosting which includes a free domain using the coupon code APPLEEXPLAINED,you can find that link in the description. 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