Google, YouTube.

So, Google is talking with YouTube, and they may end up merging. There is great $$$ in centralization of content...but it also seems like what makes the web cool is that it is completely decentralized. Are we reaching a critical mass where information overload immobilizes our own capacity to filter content, so we rely on centralized content filters instead? Or is it just commercialization of the net? Should we be worried about this sort of "content monopoly" or conglomeration, or will free market forces flatten this sort of monopoly if they aren't fair or just?

lost in the parking lot (not verified) says:

i'm just worried that i wont be able to watch my batman cartoons. i love batman the animated series..... and youtube is the only thing preventing me from blowing a crapoload of money on the dvds....

lost in the parking lot (not verified) says:

Sadly, I think that it is a telltale sign of the commercialization of the internet, which has been going on continuously for the past 5+ years without much notice. I also think that it will enable people who are too lazy to filter any information for themselves to continue in such a fashion.