It was for the 1% (geeks, not Wall Streeters) in the early 2000s, but now we’re all streamers.
1. Allows us to listen to music anywhere, anytime. Remember the Walkman? The Diskman? Dead batteries in the middle of your favorite tune? Now we load up our smartphones so we can chill with Bowie on the commute, Daft Punk on vacation, and your killer mixtape before the job interview.
2. Broadening our musical horizons. Back in the day there were newspapers, then radio, then TV. And with the Internet, the post-Gutenberg era is here for good. Astronomical amounts of data, videos galore, podcasts, TED talks, language learning on YouTube… It’s a Brave New (digital) World.
3. We’re all hooked on series now. We used to patiently wait a week to see the next episode. High-Bandwidth and VOD put an end to that. Game of Thrones, Stranger Things, House of Cards, The Walking Dead… series are in these days, and our new addiction has a name: #bingewatching.
4. Bringing us the world: Livestreaming is certainly one of the most important recent innovations. The Web giants have delivered: Periscope (Twitter), Facebook Live, YouTube Live… Watch Africa Cup of Nations football matches, news reportage sites like Explicite, the lunar eclipse… The possibilities are endless!
5. Making cats the masters of the universe: Not since Ancient Egypt have cats enjoyed such status. With the Internet, they’re back on top, routinely smashing views records as the millennium’s undisputed YouTube stars. Rumor has it, though, that raccoons are mounting a challenge.