Your Pile and You: Has Digital Distribution Taken Something Away?
I have a huge Steam library. I have an ever-growing Kindle library. I subscribe to Netflix. I am an Amazon Prime member.
Amongst those four services, I have what amounts to a huge volume of rather unlimited entertainment options. And yet... I find myself struggling to find motivation to exploit them as they were meant to be exploited.
I don't remember having this problem before. The content hasn't changed, just the means of delivery.
Is there something to be said for the experience of being a consumer in a physical world? There's a huge difference between walking into a store (be it a Target, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Gamestop, Barnes & Noble, whatever), finding a product on the shelf, having it in a shopping bag and savoring the anticipation of when you can actually enjoy it yourself, savoring the feel of the packaging, the joy of opening it for the first time and discovering what's in the box, the smells, etc., and just clicking the "Deliver to my Kindle/Steam Library/Add to Queue" button.
Do we lose something in digital distribution, and thus create our piles more readily? Do we not differentiate between ownership and availability anymore, since most digital content is just a transaction away? Is there something to be said for the value added to our entertainment by the element of scarcity that is rapidly vanishing, be it a real concept or not?
Or am I alone in these feelings?