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Does Paying For Content Make You A “Sucker?”

Submitted by on September 2, 2012 – 11:36 amNo Comment

Do you feel bad when the bill comes in every month for your Hulu/Amazon/Netflix/HBOGo subscription? The you’re not alone. In an article entitled “Why I Pay For Content (And Why That Makes Me Feel Like A Sucker)”, Gizmodo’s Brian Barrett explains why paid content leaves a bad taste in his mouth, even if it’s the right thing to do.

I’m a person who pays for content because I want to support the people who created it, but who’s increasingly frustrated by how hard content owners make it to just give them my money sometimes[...]

We live in a time when there’s no one outlet that’s figured out a convenient way for us to give them our money in exchange for things we would like to own. And that’s crazy.

Barrett’s argument largely revolves around a sharp distinction between the people who make the art and entertainment he loves, and the people who sell it. He wants to support the former, and feels “disrespected” by the latter.

Commentors seemed to be pretty supportive of Barrett. User Kip Russell pointed out that popular web comic The Oatmeal had tackled the same problem, showing what happens when a fan would be happy to pay for a TV show, but can find nowhere to buy it.

What do you think? Do you pay for content, but feel bad about it?

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