The video has 8 million views.
Out of all the activities and experiences that our modern world offers, 8 million viewers still chose to watch two cats fighting ... Why ?
Projects like these make me both happy and scared - happy, because life is so good that people have nothing better to do than look for photos of sheep on google maps and publish them online.
Scared because a lot more people have nothing better to do than visit that page and look at the photos of sheep somewhere in time and space..
Have we all gone mad ?
However, I think it is the wrong perspective to take. People do all sorts of "seemingly" non-productive things (including but not limited to watching stupid youtube videos)... all the time. But I think these activities might have important and positive social properties (people bonding over the video, having a laugh). There are possibly even some positive psychological effects (such as stress relief). Well, that's just my thoughts on the matter. :)
But of course I'm not a psychologist, and I don't know if this is the case in reality. But it is certainly an interesting topic to explore.
However, the other video I have on my channel have made about 1.5 DKK ($0.21) from the curious few (about 5.000 views) who saw that video as well.
I don't really expect anything... I'll just have to wait and see when Flock Video send me my cut in january. :)
So if I look at this frustrated guy rewriting app from one JS framework to another, and some other one being happy looking at some pictures of sheep, I'm really not able to tell which one is spending his time "better".
Of course there's also this thing that for one person exploring depths of some computer game may be very exciting and worth spending time, while somebody else may not get his dopamine unless he creates something new. Everything seems to suggest that the there are more consumers than creators out there <insert education system rant here>
But what I actually wanted to point out, is that when you look at human history, it seems to me, that even when spending a lot of time watching cats, average Joe is able and is doing a lot more of meaningful stuff today than he was able in the past. Again, meaningful is hard to define, but I mean there's more opportunity to do something that no one has ever done before. More niches and small global communities. Less time spent on dull repetitive tasks (yes, I think it does still hold true if you include China).
I like it, personally. Bad art, pretend art, halfbrained art, it's all someone's creativity and to me, that glass is half full. Collecting sheep pictures is perhaps a poor display of creativity, but it is an act of creation, and thereby vastly better than sitting in front of the teevee watching game of thrones.
I actually find deeply misguided to be (or trying to be) productive 24/7.
edit: more precise wording.
There is at least one of those 8 million viewers that you can ask directly: yourself.
I didn't watch that video and I won't be, so I'm asking you: Why?
Why exactly I did that is a bit more complicated in this case - I guess the insatiable necessity to entertain the brain which we got so used to with technology... And it's getting more and more stronger as more people become 'addicted' to constant stimulation.
But I still don't have the definite answer to that though...
I guess at some level, I expect a dopameine reward for watching a video.
And, I guess this also motivates the other 8 million people.
Even after I've watched something like this, I'm not entirely sure I've wasted my time.
But, I think this does point to some kind of human failing, or inherent human bias, a bit like a propensity for gambling.
That video needs subtitles.
Really? it sounds rather depressing to me. How is it any good that people would waste their limited time on Earth doing something like that?
NZ may have the highest number of sheep per capita and highest sheep density (especially since FAOSTAT doesn't list Wales independently)
A quick search suggests 8.9M sheep in Wales, around 430s/km^2 , NZ is only about 120s/km^2.
Per capita though NZ beats Wales, and probably any other country.
Sure, we could also train it on other random sheep pictures, but I'm betting that wouldn't be as good at correctly classifying sheep in Streetview sheep since those pictures will likely contain the sheep from a similar angle, orientation, and size (that isn't similar to the street view pics). Not sure though.