Great tips in case you want to run your own mail server - and some thoughts on why you probably shouldn't
Critique and analysis aren't bad, but sometimes, a Smurf is just a Smurf.
Tying these thoughts back together, the expectation of certain type of performance leads to enshrining that type of performance, so it begets a cycle of similarity. If one big name makes a video essay about how a cartoon from the eighties is actually a subversive masterpiece (regardless of whether or not it actually is), then everyone in that scene is doing it.
Youtube is the worst facilitator of this because of "The Algorithm" and the different content creation scenes, with expected aesthetics and performances.
The reason so many of these video essays seem homogeneous, to my mind at least, is because the push to monetize leads to creators making decisions based on potential earnings, not the joy of the hobby.
I think so many content creators get caught in the trap of commodification. Monetizing hobbies often leads to the death of joy in those hobbies, and before you know it, you've basically imposed a low paying job upon yourself for no real reason.
On the one hand, I am actually very happy that people can find joy creating them. Being able to articulate one's thoughts and sharing them with a wider audience is a wonderful thing.
Joke's on you, past self! Made it to three hundred words!
Managed to find this with all its manuals and the software disk, just gotta wait for the battery to show up to see if it works. Getting the software to work is going be a challenge...
Depressing update: no new episodes since mid-September, so I can only assume the host lost interest or has some other commitments. He was kind enough to share his back catalog with me, however (at least the episodes he had backed up).
An anxiety-laden millennial internet guy. Dilettante extraordinaire.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko