‘Commodification of love’ – love this expression. Minimalism is something we all need to practice this (and any) holiday season. Beginning from last year I have asked my friends and family not to give me anything or if they feel so inclined donate instead to charities I support. I also minimise giftgiving with the exception of kids. Unnecessary consumption is not something our planet needs right now. Listen here.
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I’ve recently watched an amazing film Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things by The Minimalists and it made me face the truth that I think I’ve known all along – my child’s excessive consumerist tendencies (specifically asking for new toys non stop) are my own making and I identified the source of his constant craving that’s driving me up the wall and the family budget into the red.
YouTube Kids. The silent and free nanny that many of us, parents, resort to now and then. The huge trove of user generated content that is mostly regurgitation of good content from other platforms. Continue reading
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This is me when I forget my disposable bag which happens a lot!🙂 – via BeyondSkin
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So we all know the news. From September 1, 2016 anyone watching BBC shows on demand will be legally required to have a TV licence. I understand the sentiment. BBC is funded from TV licence. You want to watch BBC – you need to pay for TV licence. BBC were pushed by rivals, other content providers, into charging for their content.
The questions that the move arises are numerous: Channel4 and ITV on demand services remain free, then why BBC only? What about people who can’t afford a TV licence? This may further isolate them. Do we overall believe TV licence is a good model for the 21st century where increasingly people stream their content and often don’t own a TV, or should we use this as an opportunity for a complete overhaul and look for better, more flexible and accessible pay TV models that are out there?
It’s total ignorance of the market trends that bothers me. Streaming is growing. There are many people who do not watch traditional TV (cord cutters) or snack on content across platforms. If they want to keep access to BBC iPlayer or Kids, they would prefer to pay a monthly fee, on a pay as you go basis. Whereas TV licence is effectively an annual contract, you can pay monthly (£12 a month), but for a year and in the first 6 months you have to pay £24 a month. Why? What is the logic here?
When I pay £7.49 for Netflix monthly, around £70 for Prime yearly, both on pay as you go basis, and only intend to use BBC Kids for example, without watching live TV, £24 and £145.50 seems an unfair overinflated fee. £12 or less a month on a pay as you go basis would have been more logical but then this is where TV licence like all other traditional institutions locks itself in its outdated logic. It is £145.50 a year or the highway. Continue reading
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