Too Much Streaming

I recently read an article from the Los Angeles Times about Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Believe me, it’s enticing, but do we really need another steaming service when we already have so many?

I’m not saying one should have a monopoly or people shouldn’t have choices, but does one person really need to have all the streaming services? At the end of the day, it’s another TV bill. Who wants that?

For now, streaming seems to be a cheaper alternative to cable or satellite. But the separate bills for the different services will add up quickly, if they aren’t already. Netflix and Hulu produce their own content – as will Disney+ – but how many people have time to sit around and watch every show or movie? Not many. It definitely wouldn’t be healthy. And it would probably be boring after awhile anyway.

It would be easy if all anybody had to choose from was a few general services like Netflix or Hulu. The name of the game is making more money, but having Disney shows available exclusively through Disney+ doesn’t seem fair. I mean, its content has been on the other services for so long. Why yank it away now? What if consumers don’t feel like paying another bill? It’s not like Disney is on the verge of bankruptcy and they desperately need the money or anything.


More thoughts on subtitles

Perhaps this would be more accurately titled “My frustration with subtitles”. However, I don’t think that’s where my true issue lies. I’m mad at whoever creates TV shows or whoever decides which languages the shows should have subtitles for.

Not everything is created equally. This is common knowledge, but I was still surprised to find it applied to subtitles as well. I was watching an episode of A Million Little Things on Hulu one night, and I clicked on the settings to put the Spanish subtitles on, because it would be fun. I was disappointed to realize that there weren’t any. It only had English subtitles. I guess not everyone is as nerdy as I am.

This sort of makes sense, because English is probably the most common language in the United States, and people need subtitles if they are deaf or hard of hearing. At the same time, I can’t help but think that Spanish is a common language in the United States as well. So why not have Spanish subtitles for all the shows too?

However, the languages a show is subtitled in may depend on the platform. Netflix usually has Spanish as one of the options. It even has traditional and simplified Chinese, which is cool.

Why can’t streaming platforms agree on a list of which languages to have subtitles for and put all the options on every show? I know they’d probably have to hire translators, but that’s not so bad, is it?


My version of minimalism

The Minimalists. If you haven’t heard of them, their names are Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I was initially introduced to them on Dan Harris’s podcast, 10% Happier.

So I started listening to their podcast, simply called The Minimalists Podcast, where they discuss how to live a meaningful life with less. Less clutter, that is. I started thinking about all the things in my room that I didn’t necessarily need. It was kind of hard, because most of my possessions seem to be books, and I don’t want to get rid of any of those. Actually, I still can’t think of anything I want to get rid of.

I was watching their documentary, Minimalism:  A Documentary about the Important Things, on Netflix recently, when something clicked. The things in my life that are important to me are reading, writing (and blogging), Spanish, and entertainment. All I really need are books, a notebook and something to write with, my phone, my computer, and access to movies and TV.

I don’t feel that I need a lot more than I already have. I’ll need more books eventually, and maybe a new phone and computer down the road, but all of the things I mentioned are things that make me happy, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Music, TV, and movies serve as inspiration for my writing.

Read and writing is what I’ve always done, what I always will do. Nothing is going to change that. I may not read as much as I used to, but that doesn’t mean I don’t like to read. I couldn’t imagine my life without reading. And it’s not bad that things like movies and TV inspire my writing and blogging.

But sometimes, I still feel like the things that make me happy are bad. I wish I could stop feeling ashamed of myself.


The Problem with YOU


Netflix made an original series out of Caroline Kepnes’s novel You. I liked it; it’s neither good nor bad. But that’s not saying I don’t have any problems with it at all.

The other day, I found a meme on Facebook, and I shared it with my friend, who has also read the book and watched the series. Kaitlyn is actually the person who introduced me to the book and gave it to me to read.

On the surface, and perhaps for the fans who have only watched the series, the meme is funny. After I was done laughing, though, it made me really mad. Like, blood-boiling level mad.

Simply put, the meme makes light of what Joe did. Especially what he did to Beck, being that he wanted her to be his girlfriend. “Nice guys” aren’t perverted stalkers who kill people. A real, decent man wouldn’t even think about doing something like that. He wouldn’t kill people just because he felt they got in the way of his “fantasy” either.

However, that is exactly what Joe Goldberg did. He’s not a loving, caring boyfriend, even though he might seem to be sometimes. He and Beck do have a relationship, but it doesn’t last long. The whole time, Beck’s friends were trying to tell her that something wasn’t right about Joe. She didn’t see it for herself until it was too late.

Joe Goldberg. Once a stalker, always a stalker. And that’s not something to laugh at.