This Week Is Digital Content About to Turn Upside Down? Then, the fast blurring line between real and synthetic realities. And – the Plight of the Creative Class. I’m Alexa Scordato and this is Future Forward and I’m Steven Rosenbaum – Let’s Launch!

Chapter 1 Streamer Wars

The Streamer Wars

Market Experts Predict Which Streamers Will Fail and Why

-> flashback:

Blockbuster Could Have Bought Netflix for $50 Million but the CEO Thought It Was a Joke

https://www.inc.com/minda-zetlin/netflix-blockbuster-meeting-marc-randolph-reed-hastings-john-antioco.html

Chapter 2 Synthetic Realities

Welcome to our new synthetic realities

https://www.axios.com/synthetic-realities-fiction-stories-fact-misinformation-ed86ce3b-f1a5-4e7b-ba86-f87a918d962e.html

NYC Media Lab summit

https://summit.nycmedialab.org/

This was the #1 product on product hunt this week: 

Chapter 3 The Plight of the Creative Class

1) YouTube revoked verification badges and caused an uproar from creators: 

https://www.theverge.com/2019/9/20/20876153/youtube-ceo-apology-verification-removal-missed-the-mark

2) influencers are monetizing the “close friends” feature on instagram. Instead of sending status updates to a trusted list of friends, they’re charging fans: 

https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2019/09/close-friends-instagram-subscription-charge-influencers/598171/

Jack Conte, Patreon, and the Plight of the Creative Class

https://www.wired.com/story/jack-conte-patreon-plight-creative-class/

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