Too many companies treat their customers like literal cattle.
As a huge fan of fiction, it pains me when I look at the film industry over the past 30 years. I remember reading a writing book published in 2002 that talked about the recent decline in writing quality with both television and cinema. It’s weird because the New Golden Age of Television emerged within the same exact cultural scene that birthed that book. I want to believe that many TV writers in the last three decades were frustrated with the tent-pole mindset that pervades Hollywood movies companies. They cater to the audience of people who go to the movie theater for the sake of going to the movie theater. They’re not consumers of “art,” nor could many give you compelling reasons for why they like one movie more than another. There’s nothing wrong with consuming media like that, but part of me is bitter that the shallow consumers are the ones determining the trends and decisions made from the top down. This is quickly happening in the recreational cannabis market, which makes me happy that my state is still a medical cannabis state only. The cannabis companies here have no choice but to treat their customers like patients and their products like medicine. You won’t find candies with 400mg of THC inside that have product designs that match what a kid would find on a grocery store shelf. The medical cannabis products are all clearly labeled as containing THC to prevent this. They’re all in stark white packaging as well so there is no way to accidentally mistake them for a regular candy or food product.