Intellectual property, that is.
Amazon's The Man In The High Castle is wildly popular amoung my friends at work -- most of whom appear to be watching bootlegged copies, passed hand-to-hand on thumbdrives.
They rave about the special effects, the detailed worldbuilding,* the way in which Arendt's "banality of evil" is shown and so on -- but they're missing something. Dollars are votes; dollars are ratings points. If you like this kind of detailed science-fictional drama and want to see more of it, the only way you have to signal that back to the people who produced it is to pay for it.
If you will only watch it if it is free, eventually all you're going to see is content produced cheaply enough that it's worthwhileto give it away; you'll get embedded commercials and you'll learn to like them, and/or utter drek, badly written, poorly acted, clumsily shot. Or you'll see ever-stronger digital rights management, and ever stricter legal punishments for breach of same.
Dollars are votes. If you like it and want more, don't steal it, buy it.
* Though I could swear in the pilot, the license plate "WGG 055" showed up on more than one vehicle. Details like this are the bane of continuity and prop people.
6 months ago