Friday, 30 May 2014

TNA and Zippcast

Total Nonstop Action and ZippCast have a lot in common, don't you think? They're both better alternatives to PG-WWE and CoperateTube, they actually listen to their fans, and they actually focus on wrestling and video-sharing. In short, they're awesome! ...At least that's what I would say if I was drinking the Kool-aid.

Here's the reality. ZippCast has a better layout then YouTube, every update they make actually improves the site further. Plus, while every video on YouTube is treated like some original web show or movie, hence the advertisments and copyright bullcrap, ZippCast is all about video sharing. They don't do it to get famous, they do it because they don't want to keep to themselves. On the other hand, the layout is so outdated and hard to navigate, the actual site is buggy, help and support is pathetic...AND IT'S ALWAYS SHUTTING DOWN!!!!

From the beginning, TNA was in WWE's face; whether it was playing the sports entertainment card or actually focusing on wrestling. It's also helps that TNA is very, very, VERY innovative. But let's recap: they had a video game, a developmental territory, a relationship with Bellator MMA, live TV tapings on the road, a roster made up of modern day legends and icons of the past, and a very different atmosphere. All of which they could use to compete with the WWE...and they blew all of it with terrible booking, repetitive invasion angles, and, allegedly, terrible treatment of their superstars and talent.

Meanwhile, the PG rating, 3 hour Raw which nobody can finish in one sitting, and supershow format - which almost killed off the exposure for mid and low card performers - have only hindered WWE in recent years. And while YouTube continues to be Google's personal money-making machine, while giving the finger to it's users and the community, they're still doing what they did before Google bought them out: creating viral hits and turning niches to mainstream entertainment.

At this point, ZippCast and TNA's respective fanboys fanbases look more like brainwashed mooks. Clearly, ZippCast and TNA aren't as "good" as they think they are. They're underrated, yet overhyped; great ideas, horrible execution. They only time when they should get the applause is when they actually beat WWE and YouTube at their own game, which they have done many times, but that's not the point. The point is, at some point, we need to stop giving them a pat on the back every five seconds and start giving some criticism.

We need to stop wishing that they were better and actually try to make them better.

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