This is a nation of people who are obsessed with having their media when they want it, where they want it, and throw one small wrinkle into the pond and the whole thing goes out of control, and people can't live without their fix of their chosen content.
People have had media collection going back to the turn of the 1900's when records for the public were just coming out, even rolls for player pianos, and roll players, then, the record players came along and lasted in one form or another for almost 75 years, first the 78 rpms the 33 1/3 and their smaller cousin the 45's in the '50's well into the '60's possibility even into the '70's . Millions of records were sold and kept for generations, to be passed down through the generations. A Cottage market of buying and selling used records grew, and was quite healthy until the latest generation of media came about in the early 2000's when with the advent of the personal computer and digital music and eventually digital downloads effectively put the traditional music store and even bookstore out of business. In this brave new world even a day without being about to access ones chosen content is a cause for potential meltdown, and phone calls, emails and chat request to the providers to find what is the issue. Its amazing how little patience people have when things don't go the way they expect. The question, then becomes , when does enough connection become too much. The theory behind the "connected live" is to make our life easier, and to make the downtime we do have more enjoyable, to spend with family etc, instead of doing chores, or other task that take time away from the relationships, in our lives.
That leads me to my next discussion; Something I had never heard of, at least not in theses terms; "Who owns the Internet of things? We already have smartphone that generate mounds of data about us, pour usage, and gps etc, and other devices that track our usage in one form or another including those stupid little shopper club cards, they use that to track every purchase you make, they know the last time you bought bread, or beer, or pop etc. They may not know you individually by name, but they're working on it. The next generation of data collectors is on the way, and very soon. our connected devices, namely the electrical grid, and almost everything plugged into it in the house, from the washer/dryer the refrigerator and other major appliances and connected devices.
The end result of of all of that connectivity, is a pile of data, that has a number of people who want to have access to it for various reasons, some valid, some questionable. In the example of a car, you have the manufacturer, the dealer, the insurance, all who would like access to the data generated by the car. The question become who has the right to what data and for how long,what can they do with the data, etc. Heres the article to read;
It would seem to me that while this while this is just beginning to take told, now is the time to set ground rules about who has access to what information is gathered by our connected machine to machine, to grid lifestyle and what they can do with it legally , ethically and morally.