It was a magical time full of creativity and wonder.
People would customize their Myspace pages with all kinds of stickers, gifs, and autoplay music. Youtube was full of wacky and off the wall creative videos and you would never know what was going to show up in your recommended list next. Movies like the Lord of the Rings were telling incredible stories with passionate artists and designers who were given time and money to truly hone their craft. Games like Halo, World of Warcraft, Portal, Wii Sports, Mario Kart DS, Shadow of the Colossus, Minecraft, and so on kept us entertained and gave us days and weeks and months of new and interesting experiences, both alone, and with friends.
Not to mention all the memes!
But after about 2014, social media, video game publishers, tech companies, and hollywood, all simultaneously decided that all of their products from that moment forward would be sterile, formulaic, and only barely good enough to make money off of you.
Every social media website you look at has no customization and the same color scheme: White, Black, and Blue (now with dark mode but the same colors). Youtube only recommends videos you've basically already seen some version of. The Hobbit exemplifies what has only been taken to the extreme with Disney's live action remakes. The best selling new video games are sterile sequels of once innovative franchises, with only the indie devs coming in to truly give us something new to experience.
I don't want to complain about this for the thousandth time on yet another platform, but I want to hear ideas for how this can be fixed. I want to find some optimism that things will bounce back.
I want to see a creativity renaissance. I want to see geocities-esque websites and profile pages come back. I want to see a totally random viral video skyrocket because of its weirdness. I want to see passion project movies that give me the magical feeling of being in another world or make me laugh at how weird it is. I want to see more local multiplayer and party games with super weird but fun mechanics.
I sadly don't have the power to create all of that on my own. But I totally would if I could.Post too long. Click here to view the full text.