quote [ When seemingly everyone wants to record footage or live stream, who ends up watching the content? ]
What I find sad is this:
“My regulars and I always talk about our lives, and we all know stuff about each other,” lolimdivine said. “It’s like we have our own little internet family honestly. I see these people as my friends and not viewers. We welcome people with open arms from all around the world, and we remember things about the people who can only stop by once a month. It’s really an incredible thing that Twitch can do for people’s loneliness or friend groups.” Many streamers I spoke to said that they initially became interested in Twitch after finding a personality that entertained them through a tough time, such as the loss of a loved one.
We had a whole goddamn internet
full of little communities like that twenty years ago: IRC channels, Telnet talkers, social MUDs, smaller forums and Usenet newsgroups.There were tons of places where all you had to do was show up and talk about stuff and before long you were meeting people, making friends, and becoming a member of a community. That all went to shit when blogs became a thing and everyone decided they'd rather be the star of a show no one was watching than a mere member of an active community.