It’s been a while since we’ve done this. So let’s do this. Read on for articles about Tumblr, streaming, and wombat poop.

  • Tumblr’s lewd content ban goes into effect tomorrow. Miri of Brute Reason explains why the ban is disingenuous. This isn’t about making Tumblr a safer space; this is about making Tumblr more attractive to advertisers. But will anyone care if Tumblr’s user base leaves? We’ll see how bad the damage is.
  • I’ve got two articles about streaming for you. The first is by Tim Goodman of The Hollywood Reporter, explaining why YouTube Premium was unsuccessful. The bottom line: YouTube built its empire on free, amateur, short-form video. Asking users to pay for premium, long-form content was bound to backfire.
  • The second article about streaming is by Todd VanDerWerff of Vox, who explains that the online streaming industry is fragmenting and turning into something akin to the cable landscape. I’m not pleased with the increasing fragmentation of the industry, and with media companies launching their own specialized streaming platforms, eventually something’s going to give. Mark my words: in a few years, there will be at least one high-profile streaming platform shutdown.

That’s it for this week. Tune in next week, maybe? I dunno. I’m lazy.

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