Saturday, September 26, 2009

Manilow TV and Consumerism 101


Manilow TV is starting up next week. This announcement started a controversy many different places in the Manilow fan world. Once again, the cult members went on the defensive about any opinion or comment that did not go along with the thinking that Manilow TV is the greatest thing ever. I don’t see what all the fuss is about. A service is being offered and the choice to buy that service is up to each individual. Happens every day; it is basic consumerism 101.


People are faced with making decisions every day about how to spend their money. The choices made are usually based on need, budget, or a number of other factors that play into what is going on in a person’s life at that time. In most cases these decisions are not shared with other folks on the Internet. For some reason Manilow fans find it necessary to share such Manilow related choices on the Internet with mass numbers of their close friends. That’s fine. Just be prepared if all of these people don’t agree with you because they will express how they feel – in no uncertain terms.


There’s really no problem with expressing an opinion. I’m doing that very thing right now. The problem comes when an opinion isn’t allowed. Free exchange of ideas is a great thing but when no exchange is allowed then it falls back into that old cult mentality. Everyone does not consider Manilow TV to be something they are prepared to buy into for various reasons. That should be allowed to be expressed and respected as much as the idea that Manilow TV is wonderful should be expressed and respected. We don’t all purchase the same items or services during the course of our day but that doesn’t make us bad people. It makes us different. Different is not bad.


For everyone signed up for Manilow TV, I hope you enjoy it. People who are not getting it, I am sure you made the right the decision for whatever reason you chose not to get it. I will be in the latter group for right now. I’m sure if the service works very well, word of mouth may convince some consumers who are sitting on the fence which way to go. My hope is that the information will be fair and balanced. It will be if you know where to go to read it. Do you think Consumer Reports will review Manilow TV? I guess not, so fan reviews will have to do. Keep an open mind. I plan on doing just that.

1 comment:

crystaline said...

Susan,

I don't have a problem with people saying they can't afford the fee for this service right now. I understand it's a lot of money for only one video a month, and I'm going to wait to see which one is being offered first before I sign up myself. It's the "fans" who are complaining that Barry is just trying to make money off of the fans when he should be offering it for free and all the other unreasonable complaints that I don't understand. This service isn't free for Stiletto; they have to pay for the encryption service not to mention the band width, and these videos are from Barry's private collection. He's chosen them personally, done the editing himself and added comments about each one. The fans can't get them anywhere else and if they don't want to sign up, that's fine but why continue to bitch and moan in an effort to ruin the excitement for everyone else? No one is forcing them to sign up, so take it or leave it but just stop with the negativity.