- Published on Friday, 13 December 2013 03:44
- Kenny Wright
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Right now, and for the last few years, there has been a growing shift in society where an increasing number of people are mustering up the self-discipline to find ways to take things that they love, and make money with it. They are leaders, innovators, gamechangers. They are bloggers, vloggers, crafters, designers, LPers, etc.
Then there are people desperately trying to cling to the more traditional paradigm of being employed by a company. These are the ones saying “get a real job” to the Youtubers right now. They would probably say the same to me if I explained how my Zazzle sales were down. These people are coming from a perspective of fear. Change is scary, for just about everyone. So when people bring change with them, others will do everything from discredit it to belittle it. Because as much as they most-likely hate their “jobs”, they cling to them out of fear.
That’s exactly what’s happening with this “Copyrightalypse”. Many people who narrate their gameplay on Youtube are being flagged for copyright infringement and no longer earning money from those videos. This means that people who have fought and clawed their way to the top (anyone who’s ever worked for themselves knows what I mean there) and have managed to be successful enough to earn a living making these videos… are in serious financial trouble.
Some people say they deserve it. Lots of people are saying that these youtubers should “get a real job”. These people are stuck in their illusion of safety. And really, if they were happy with themselves, they wouldn’t be taking time to judge others on the internet with hurtful comments. So for those who are making these ignorant statements, I’d like to explain a few things:
1) There is no such thing as job security. For those of you saying “You should have known that youtube wouldn’t provide job security, and you get what you deserve for placing you eggs in their basket,” you are sadly stuck in your illusion of safety. Either you’ve never worked for a company who had to suddenly “downsize” and lost your job, or have forgotten about that experience. But it happens. A lot. NO job is secure.
2) Youtube isn’t a real job because you don’t work for someone / punch a clock / work 9 to 5 / insert other ignorant statements here. A job is something that you do on a regular basis in order to get paid. Period. It has nothing to do with WHO pays you, who you have to answer to, or how hard the job is, or any other attribute that you think it has to have. By your standard, every self-employed person doesn’t have a real job. Every President of every company doesn’t have a real job, either. I mean, have you really thought this through? Who do you think is on the other end of that “real job”, doing the employing? Do you think it’s just some never-ending circle where everybody pays each other? SOMEONE’S at the top, and that person is self-employed. Because they had a vision and was willing to put in the blood, sweat & tears to bring that vision to life.
It’s very sad how some people are so trapped in their “wage slave” mentality that they can’t understand these kinds of concepts. I hope you guys wake up one day, because this world could use less followers, more leaders.
- Published on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 00:43
- Kenny Wright
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I know there have been a thousand and one rants on how the younger generation is entitled. But I need to make it a thousand and two. I do try to focus on the positives of life, because there is much to be grateful for. However, when I see a change in behavior that, in my opinion, qualifies as “epidemic”, I can’t help but want to focus on it.
An increasing number of people seem to hate the things that they enjoy. I know this because when I go onto forums that are supposed to celebrate fandom, it is instead filled with a constant stream of negativity. This is very apparent in video game forums. Supposedly these are sanctuaries for video game enthusiasts, but you’d think they were made for people who have built their entire identify on how much they despise the hobby.
In a Wii U forum, someone provided a link to an article in which the Wii U was listed as one of the worst gift ideas for this holiday season. Many users were in agreement, and very enthusiastic about it. And if someone were to dare say something like “Are people really that spoiled that they’ll stick their nose up at a $300 gift?”, they were met with responses like “If you spent $300 on a gift that the recipient doesn’t want, that is one epic fail of a gift,” or “nobody wants one”, or my personal favorite, “Buying someone a bad gift sucks. Receiving an unwanted gift sucks. The fact that one person didn’t pay for it (someone else still did) doesn’t mean everyone won’t be happier if the gift is actually wanted.”
So I wrote a little response to this thread:
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If your kid whines and throws a tantrum about getting a next gen console system, then you seriously screwed up as a parent.
Seriously man, some people need to go volunteer at a homeless shelter or something, gain some perspective. And I’m not even talking about the person who wrote this article, because it wasn’t written for the RECEIVER. He didn’t say, “if you get a Wii U, hand it back and demand better”. He’s just trying to help out in-the-dark gift-givers. But wow, the way some people here are defending what they think he’s saying; “The Wii U is old technology”, “the Wii U is a dud”… no, your sense of gratitude is a dud.
And part of me gets it, because Christmas has become so routine that “gifts” have become something other than gifts; they’ve become expected. Which in itself says a lot about what’s become of our collective mentality. But the person who said to go to Dictionary.com and look the word up hit on a good point.
Look, it’s your right as a consumer to spend your money on whatever you want and if you think that the Wii U is not worth your green, then by God you go buy something else (incidentally, why are you on the Wii U board if that’s how you feel?). But that’s a completely separate issue. If someone spends their hard-earned money on something and gives it to you for free and you feel cheated? You complain about it? You come on the internet and whine about it? Man, you need to take a good, hard look in the mirror at the kind of person you’ve become.
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I wish I could go back to my younger self in, like, 1994, and explain what future is like.
“You know that internet thingie that’s on your computer? Someday you’re going to be able to use that on your game console! Not only can you visit websites with it, but you can download video games, check your email, even watch movies. You won’t even need hard drive space; the movie will just stream right to your console! And those electronic notepads that they use on Star Trek? Yeah, those turn out to be real. Nintendo let’s you use one to interact with their games. Oh, and the graphics will be crisp, clear and some will even be just about photo-realistic!”
“Holy crap! Are you serious?! That’s amazing!”
Younger me would have asked if everyone was happy with all of their amazing technology. And I would have replied, “actually, no”.
And then I would explain how most gamers (on the internet) were very unhappy because they always wanted more. 720p wasn’t good enough graphics. Many complained that graphics looked slightly less than photo-realistic. Technology grew obsolete very fast, and peope who were so thrilled about it one year were equally disillusioned with it the next. So when a new system came out, people complained that it was made with outdated technology. In fact, many people spent a lot of time going onto the internet to complain about it.
Quite frankly, younger me would not have believed it. How can you have “THE FUTURE”, that elusive thing that we are always striving to achieve, and yet be so unhappy?
- Published on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:01
- David Whalen
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- President Obama illegally exempted big business from the mandates from Obamacare mandates, while still mandating individuals buy insurance.
- President Obama illegally made an exemption for congress and congressional staff, allowing them tax subsidies even though they’re over the income threshold after being begged to do so by Harry Reid and other Democrats.
- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said last week on public radio he fully intends to take Obamacare to a single-payer system.
- Jimmy Hoffa Jr., leader of the Teamsters Union and advocate for the passage of Obamacare, has publicly come out and said Obamacare is “a nightmare.”
- Warren Buffett, billionaire Obama supporter and advocate of Obamacare, has publicly come out and said Obamacare will not work
- Max Baucus, chief author of Obamacare, has said publicly Obamacare is a train wreck and will not work.
- Julian Castro, mayor of San Antonio, went on tour in San Antonio trying to get young adults to buy over-priced insurance policies for the purpose of subsidizing older people. Insurance, by the way, they were told would be free.
- Government healthcare isn’t about healthcare, it’s about government.
- Obamacare puts a panel of bureaucrats in Washington in charge of your health decisions instead of you and your doctor.
- In the 90’s Hillarycare was considered inevitable and the RINO’s had given up on stopping it. Conservatives won that fight.
- Employers are forced to cut employees’ hours to 29 in order to avoid mandates, resulting in an effective pay cut for millions of Americans.
- Millions of Americans are losing their health insurance because Obamacare makes their plans illegal.
- Two weeks ago the Establishment said the House would never pass a bill defunding Obamacare. They did this week.
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- The IRS has been discovered targeting and persecuting groups and individuals based on their political beliefs. They are now in charge of enforcing Obamacare and have access to all of your health records.
- Americans don’t want Obamacare.
- The only way we don’t win this is if we don’t fight.
- It’s time to #MakeDCListen
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