Recently a handful of people that I respect within the community have taken to the task of talking about the state of the community as a whole, and by extension the different platforms on which the community exists. Seeing as how I have somewhat distanced myself from the website, either due to lack of interest in RT content or practices, or perhaps just because I recently made the move to Texas from Michigan, I managed to miss something that just a couple months ago I would have been on top of and chimed in right away in one way or another.
Here's my unwanted opinion on the whole thing.
I don't care.
When the 2.0 site first launched and the video player was, well what it was, I stopped watching videos exclusively on the RT site. A few weeks passed by and I had stopped watching any video at all on the RT site. I didn't care enough about sponsor content to suffer with the way the RT video player interacted with my browser and computer. (I have since been told the issues I had have been addressed)
At that time the only reason I ever visited the site was to try and communicate with the friends I had here on the site. And, well.... That wasn't all that great anymore. After the 2.0 site launched I tried a couple times to get back into the forums with little success on my end. I just couldn't care enough to follow up on it. Many people had jumped ship.
I will admit, I was primarily a Sponsor Chat community member. So when the 2.0 site didn't have it, I found it difficult to interact with the community. I have never been an avid user of Twitter or Reddit or Tumblr. Even to this day, at best I will lurk. And I get it, that's a personal problem. But when the main reason I followed RT was the community interactions I had on the RT site is slowly (quickly) fading away, it became harder for me to care about RT in general.
Over the past 6 months or so I have found myself less interested in RT content. I don't exactly know if it is a shift on their part or mine. I don't know if they stopped making content I like, or if I stopped liking the content they were making, but I found it harder and harder to be entertained by the whole RT/AH/LP/FH......and so on umbrella of content. For a while I would get a little upset when RT would release a Short I didn't feel lived up to the Shorts of the past. Or when AH would make content that I just didn't care about I would feel a bit peeved.
I found it tiring to care so much about the creative decisions of people I don't actually know. Every so often a discussion of sorts would arise in a skype or other group chat and it would be tiring trying to defend or attack the video or creative decision in question. So I just stopped caring.
There is that old internet saying, if you don't know how something online makes you feel, click the red x in the corner.
So now, with an overall meh attitude towards RT content and a difficulty in interacting with cool people through the site. I just don't care any more ya know?