The Data Cheese problem
While we’re mid-Earth Week across the globe and considering ways of condensing our lifestyles in order to be more Green, I’d like to shed light on a grossly multiplying peeve-monster of mine which we will call the video rat. Now, I’m not certain exactly how Green this theory will seem, that data is expensive, and how much of it can really fit? We already know our communications are perceptively conjested and often outright fail to perform. The “data-lines” often become conjested with inadequate space and many users with even more objectives.
I purposefully left out the intensifying and descriptive adjective ‘too’ when referring to the many users of data. Who is to say who shouldn’t use data?
Many years ago I read of the inspiring possibilities of the future of television. There were to be many different television, exercise, and news programs, along with movies, and everything available all of the time. To add the whipped cream- only what you wanted to see, when you wanted to see it. The theory at the time was that residents would search a television guide as one would usually do, and upon finding the program one wanted to watch, they would pick up their phone (mobile communication device perhaps) and dial a number with a code for that program- and only that program. That is the scenario I was looking forward to experiencing as an adult.
So how did they get everyone to roll over?
The future of technology was predicted to allow for such detail in life, something that excited me on a lot of levels. I was one of the kids that lived far enough out from town that we never were provided access to cable. I was acquainted with a few in town who did, and that was the bomb.
In fact, the future of technology performed just as predicted in the way of electronic progress. However, in the way of advantage to the people, the benefits of recent changes in how we share information and access entertainment are quickly diminishing. Now, I do live on my own small plot of the world. I like to be mobile and so I do move about and never- I say never- have I run into a case of an ability to order up only the program I actually want to pay money to watch. (Porn is a whole other category, so no raring up on that one, guys.)
Rather, I must be willing to buy an entire package of television that mostly will not be watched, and then to pay high monthly premiums to watch basically the same kind and amount of television that I once viewed for free. I remember when this happened- everyone seemed to be in a fog when the news came down that their analog antennas would begin to suffer quality delivery of programming and communications, as these services were strategically phased out of public use in favor of the much inferior digital offerings.
The problem? Data is so damn good, and everybody wants it all the time.
No wait, that’s not the problem. The problem is that data- as any other commodity, albeit imposed- has value. Data is the new oil and the prize cheese- everyone can fathom access and the more data we eat up every day- well, the more somebody earns in cash money. Beside that, where does all the data tax go? Video and gaming are the real rats, gobbling up data in seconds, driving the value upward at pathetic pace. A good data plan is hard to find, and if you’re with my company- well, you don’t have much data.
Go ahead, chip your two cents. Shouldn’t we be in yet less trouble, due to data value? Why is our nation really so broke?