Time for a rant..
Occasionally I get the urge to watch music videos on Youtube, find a random playlist and…
Wait a moment, this is not music, this is an endless stream of above picture, loading page after page of this nonsense. Is robbing yourself of exposure really a way of generating artificial scarcity, to make something unlimited seem like a limited and exhaustible resource?
Whatever it was, I am not really inclined to buy it, Youtube is so helpful that it removes the name of the video and everything associated with it, so there goes an opportunity to convince me to buy music.
I must admit, I am disappointed in Youtube, but it is hard to blame them when you have these corporations sitting in their lap like some nightmare of old, choking the cultural life from us in our sleep.
There is no sense in restricting content, the only one you harm is yourself. Some of your customers have brains, they know that when there is scarcity on the internet, the “pirates” are happy to step in and fill the void, and pirates knowing the true value of unlimited goods, give away the unlimited good for free too.
I just wonder this sham of a tactic is working, if pulling videos from certain markets really increase the sense of scarcity. I’m not convinced.